Monday, August 9, 2010

Our Preschool Daily Schedule

Several months ago, someone asked me about our daily schedule.  We do have one!  We don't always follow it exactly, and we are definitely not rigid about it!  Things got a little crazy during the summer, so I'm ready to get back into a routine.  I thought we'd start off our organizing week with a new schedule!

Here is our schedule for my preschoolers.  Please realize this is just what works for our family during this season of our life (back when I had three little ones under the age of four, this schedule would not have worked for us -- it was quite a feat just to have everyone dressed and fed by noon)!  My days are also more structured now that we homeschool our oldest daughter.

7:00-8:45 AM - Arise, television time, breakfast, and chores.

8:45-9:30 AM - Bible time

9:30-9:45 AM - Morning Circle

9:45-10:30 AM - Preschool Learning Baskets/Book Basket (I'll post more on these later this week)

10:30-11:00 AM - Snack, Music and Movement

11:00-11:30 AM - Preschool Time

11:30-12:00 PM - Free Play

12:00-1:00 PM - Lunch/Clean-Up/Time with dad/

1:00-3:30 PM - Read Aloud/Naptime

3:30-5:30 PM - Errands, Classes through the Rec. or Art Centers, Free time, Dinner prep

5:30-6:30 PM - Dinner/Clean-up

6:30-7:15 PM - Family time

7:15-7:45 PM - Bedtime routine

8:00 PM - Good Night!

Even as I write this, I'm laughing to myself!  If we follow our schedule half the time, we are doing pretty well!  As an idealist, I often plan and schedule with great intentions.  It just doesn't always get done (the way I think it should)!

If you don't have a schedule, my advice is to start small!  Don't overwhelm yourself with a rigid routine.  Pick one or two intentional things you would like to do every day and start with those.  Preschoolers need (and thrive) with some structure, but they also need time to just play and explore the world.  Depending on your personality, you probably lean towards one extreme (rigid schedule) or the other (no schedule).  At least in my experience, finding a balance will make your days a little smoother!



Blogger Sandy said...

I'm looking forward to settling back into our schedule. It seems so crazy in the summer!

August 9, 2010 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Prairie Cate said...

I suppose intention is half the battle! Great seeing you in Hays. Your girls are lovely.

August 11, 2010 at 6:07 AM  

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