I think the hardest part about homeschooling has been deciding on a routine for us. It wasn’t so much making the time as, well, what to do with it? It can be really awkward to suddenly be facing your child who’s been told you’re “doing preschool today!” – only to realize you have no idea how to fill that time.
After 2 weeks of doing this, I’ve come to some conclusions for the time being:
- I like routine
- Bella has a 45 minute – 1 hour attention span
- Preschool is 2-3 times a week
- Things change
I remember teaching preschool and kindergarten, the first thing I established was a routine with the kids. Now, of course things changed but the whole of our day stayed the same the majority of the time. The big things. This was crucial to their comfort level and my sanity. We all knew what was coming next (lunch, art, recess). And in the hour (ish) I do preschool with Bella, I want that to be something she has a routine for.
Here’s our day in a nutshell:
We have preschool 2-3 times a week. I chose this because if we sent Bella somewhere, I’d only send her that often right now. Also because I don’t think she needs more structured learning than that, and it would be really hard to do any more without taking away from things that need to get done (errands, playdates, etc).
Preschool happens in the afternoon because it works much better with our busy morning schedule. After snack, Bella and I curl up on the couch with the book I’ve chosen for the week. Yep, week. With only 3 days of preschool, this allows us to really explore and get to know the book we’re reading. It also makes creating a theme for that week a lot easier. Last week we read The Runaway Bunny. Hence the craft time was gluing a bunny together that I’d cut out, and lacing up a cloth carrot we stuffed and added leaves to.
Music can then be learning a song about rabbits/hopping like one, snack can be carrots, etc. The ideas are endless but it really does make it so much easier to only have one theme/book a week. Now – at night or during the day I’ll have other books that we get from the library that are rabbit themed, but the one we stick to for preschool stays the same.
I’m looking for a great preschool Bible or Bible curriculum. The problem I’m finding is it’s either too short/simple as a Bible, or all encompassing as a curriculum. Which we already have with Before Five in a Row. I just want a Bible story that has an explanation for parents and maybe a simple craft.
We end our time outside, this doesn’t have a time because we often stay out for an hour or more playing and talking, using the craft if we can.
These are all suggestions simply meant to give you ideas or a start to your own routine. The lovely part of homeschooling is you can make it work for you. Your strengths, your schedule. You can switch it around, try something different, it’s yours to manage.
I’d love to hear any questions/suggestions that you might have!
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