Homeschool Organization: Toddler Schedules {pt 2}

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This year we will begin homeschooling our 5 year old in Kindergarten as well as our two girls (4 and 3) in preschool. I would be lying if I told you I was completely ready. I’m beyond nervous, apprehensive, but excited at the same time. It will be our first time homeschooling all four children at the same time.

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Even though it’s our first year to homeschool all of them, I have picked up tips and ideas along the way that will hopefully make our days run a little smoother. Now, they are not fool-proof because, let’s face it – toddlers are unpredictable. But a little organization and up-front work on my part will make the days easier and less stressful.

First, what I’ve learned is that no matter how much they complain about a schedule, they thrive on them! So creating a schedule is key. Second, they want to have fun – so make learning FUN and EXCITING!!

Creating a Preschool Schedule that works

1. Decide your focus – We begin with shapes and colors around 2-3 years old and move to numbers then eventually letters. So decide what you’re going to focus on for the year. You don’t have to learn everything in one year. It is okay to spread it out. This is our typical focus: One shape and color per month. One Letter per week. One Bible Story/Verse every 2 weeks. But do what works for you!

2. Set monthly goals – I learned a long time ago that setting daily and weekly goals only stressed me out. By setting monthly goals we have a little more flexibility for when days don’t go as planned. We can relax a little more with our learning and go at their pace. Take your cues from the kids. If they are grasping the concepts quickly and well, then move on – adjust your goals to fit the new pace.

3. Short periods of time is better – When schooling little ones, it is best to mix the learning with fun activities so you can keep their attention. We usually school for about 20-30 minutes and then do an activity that pertains to what we’re learning. We trade off like that for a while and then throw in a read aloud or two and we’re done before lunch.

4. Earlier is better – In our house, the little ones are the first up and so they are ready to school earlier than the older one. We eat breakfast and then I usually start a load of laundry and school begins. I have found that in our house, the earlier the better is the motto for school with the Littles. Before they get too caught up in their playing and imaginations (not that I don’t like them using their imaginations, it’s just hard to make them quit in the middle), we do school time. Then, after lunch they have most of the afternoon to play together and use their imaginations.

5. Every day is not necessary – Some people prefer to school their Littles, at least a short time, every day. But, it’s okay if you don’t or can’t. Sometimes co-ops take priority and that is all you accomplish for the day. Sometimes they are just tired and cranky, so a lazy day is in order. I have a mixture of both personalities in our little ones. Mister Mouse (5) just didn’t handle the every day schooling well when he was younger. But quite the contrary, Miss Priss (4) and Punkin (almost 3) love to color, draw and practice writing their letters – so I may be doing more daily work with them, at least as long as they want to.

Something that is popular and very exciting in our house is Attendance Charts and stickers. My girls, especially, like to put stickers on anything…and everything. So this year we are going to use these fun Attendance and Progress Charts I created to entice them to stay more focused on their learning. Included in this {free} set are Preschool Schedules – one made out for you and a blank one to use how you like, Attendance Charts (boys and girls) and Progress Charts (boys and girls).

How we use them

Preschool Schedule – I use these to loosely organize our days and decide what we’re covering for the week/month.

Attendance Charts – Since my kids love stickers, I let them cover each day they complete their work with stickers. You could also laminate them and use wipe-off markers to mark the days. These are available in boy colors and girl colors.

Progress Charts – I included both Letters and Numbers (1-25) in these charts. Once the student has completed and knows the letter/number by site, sound and name they can cover it with a sticker. With three young kids to keep track of in schooling, these charts come in handy for me to know where everyone is at a glance. Available in boy and girl colors.

Download yours today

free preschool printables

Whether you’re just starting out homeschooling preschool, or just want a little more organization, these printables are sure to help you get and stay organized!

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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