Come along as we take you on a homeschool preschool day in the life. Gain some ideas of how our day flows to use in your homeschool.
Each day is unique when it comes to homeschooling preschool.
When a daily rhythm is set up, it makes the day run smoother.
Both the kids and Mom knows what comes next, so there is no asking, “WHEN IS SNACK?!” fifteen times.
(Okay, there probably still will be because…kids…but at least you can limit it!)
Using picture schedule cards that show what comes next has been a big success in our homeschool.
We have pictures of food for breakfast, books for story time, and a bed for quiet time.
Below is a homeschool preschool day in the life to show you what we do in our homeschool.
(P.S. If you are looking for a way to create a homeschooling preschool schedule, we have a post to help with that. )
Our Homeschool Preschool Day in the Life Rhythm
Each day starts with free play to gently wake the littles up and to give Mama time to get coffee.
The kids can play with the toys we have downstairs or look at some books.
Scissors, coloring tools, and paper are up where little hands can’t get them.
We have two choices to choose from to work on their decision-making skills.
As breakfast is cleaned up, our Morning Basket is pulled out.
There are various activities available for the littles to choose from.
We will do calendar and weather together during this time.
To read more about our preschool morning basket, check out our post here.
Movement and Exercise
If it is a nice day, we will go for a nature walk.
When it gets cold out we will turn on some brain breaks on YouTube or movement songs.
Laurie Berkner has some wonderful movement songs.
Sometimes we play Simon Says to work on listening skills, too.
Pro-Tip: DO NOT skimp or skip the music and movement activities for preschool part of your day! Your kids NEED the time to get their wiggles out!
After working on their gross motor skills, the kids are usually hungry. Instead of fighting it, we build a morning snack into our schedule.
After our wiggles are out, we read a few picture books together.
Fine Motor Skills
I try to get intentional with fine motor skills to help strengthen their hand muscles. Picking up pom poms with tweezers is a favorite over here. This is a great place to sneak in letter, number, shape, or color identification as well as patterning and matching practice.
My kids again get to choose a part of their lunches. Typically this is through choosing what fruit or vegetable they want with their meal.
Once lunch is cleaned up it is time for quiet time. If your littles still nap, feel free to call it nap time. You make the rules as to what can and cannot happen during quiet time. My kids have to be in their quiet spots (their beds) and can read, play quietly, or rest.
Something simple to hold them over to dinner is what I aim for during our afternoon snack.
Activity or Project Time
This time can be used for specific projects, exploration play, sensory play, or a science experiment. I like to do something at least once a week to pique their interests in science.
We end our day with free play. There are so many things that can be learned through play. Don’t underestimate the power of play!
Homeschool Preschool Day in the Life
Your homeschool preschool day in the life may look different from ours. That is perfectly fine! Each family is unique. Take our homeschool preschool day in the life and tweak it to fit the needs of your little ones (and YOU). We don’t do everything every day. Thankfully, little ones learn EVERYWHERE. Some days we read books and play all day. Other days look more like this homeschool preschool day in the life. Give yourself grace. You are doing great!