Teach Your Preschooler at Home |
Part 2: Schedules
This is the second of our three-part ultimate guide series: how to best teach your preschooler at home. Throughout this series, we’ll discuss the three essential steps to be sure your little one is not only ready for kindergarten, but will thrive in kindergarten beginning day one. In the first part of the series, we discussed the Ready for Kindergarten Checklist. This checklist helps guide you with getting your child ready for kindergarten. If you missed it- take a look at it here.
The 3 Essential Steps Included in this Series:
- Ready for Kindergarten Checklist
- Ready to Go Schedules
- Play-based Playroom Essentials List
Please remember that every child is very different and unique in their own beautiful way. If something isn’t working for you or your child- change it up- you know your child best! This should be a fun and rewarding learning journey.
Part 2: Ready to Go Schedules
Children thrive on routines, schedules, & procedures. Many kids love knowing what comes next in their day. You’ll find that it’s helpful to stick to a schedule or routine each day.
This does not need to be a super strict schedule, but it is helpful for kids to know the order of their day. It gives children a sense of security & ownership.
When I was younger, my mother was great at telling us what our day looked like and what was to be expected. I remember spending a lot of time with a friend during my elementary years who’s mother did not discuss their day, they’d get in a car and my friend never knew where we were going. I always had an uneasy feeling because I didn’t know what was going on or where we were headed. It may just be my personality, but after teaching for close to a decade, I really think a lot of kids like to know what is to come in their day.
Here’s 3 sample schedules that may help with planning your day. These sample schedules have built in time for:
- Outdoor and/or Indoor Play
- Preschool Work: 5-15 minutes is suggested during each sitting at this age. You can break school into chunks throughout the day, but sitting more than 30 minutes can hinder your little one’s development.
- Storytime: This is one of the most important things you can do with your child daily. “Children are made readers in the laps of their parents.” (one of my favorite quotes)
- Music & Movement: Movement is so important for little ones’ development.
Make Your Own Schedule:
Feel free to use these templates.
Learning Should be FUN!
As you come up with your perfect schedule, be sure to use activities that are fun & engaging for your little one. If you’re finding your child isn’t enjoying the learning activities, remember: change it up. This should not be a battle, we want your child asking to play learning games & activities.
Learning should be fun! Check out Pinterest – it’s a great place to start with learning activities that are usually free. If you’re looking for an Alphabet Curriculum, we offer a play-based, fun, engaging curriculum that has everything you would ever need to teach the alphabet. It’s a 26 week program with 22 activities for each week, as simple as print & go. We’ve included science experiments, snack ideas, daily books to read, physical activities, sensory development, character education and much more. Check it out here.
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