It is that time a year again to get back on schedules for the school year!!
With everything going on, we have decided to do a play based, Montessori style preschool at home for my 3.5 year old daughter, Melina.
After reviewing different PreK curriculum’s offered I decided a play based, Montessori style structure was best for our family.
We will be selecting weekly activity trays & educational children’s books that coordinate with our monthly themes.
I have decided to follow a daily schedule to keep my sanity and help Melina thrive with our at home learning.
Young children benefit greatly from having a daily routine. This gives them a sense of control of what is happening in their day and helps them transition from one thing to another.
Establishing a daily routine is great for moms too! Routines help moms make time for their necessary activities around the house or for them as well.
I find that when we are following our schedule I am able to stay present with my daughter while we play instead of being distracted trying to multitask and get my stuff done simultaneously.
Here is what I have mapped out for our daily schedule for our Montessori preschool at home:
7 AM – 7:30 AM Wake Up
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Eat Breakfast/ Get Ready For the Day
8:30 AM – 9 AM Reading Time
9 AM – 10 AM Learning Activity Time
10 AM – 12 PM Outside Time or Social Outing
12 PM – 1 PM Lunchtime
1 PM – 2:30 AM Nap Time/Quiet Time
2:30 PM – 4 PM Family Play Time
4 PM – 5 PM Independent Play & Assist With Cooking Dinner ( Will do 30 minutes of screen time here occasionally)
5 PM – 6 PM Dinner/Meal Cleanup
6 PM – 7:30 PM Family Playtime
7:30 PM – 8 PM Bath Time
8 PM – 8:30 PM Bedtime Reading & Stories
8:30 PM Bedtime
Remember, this is what I feel works best for our family. Use this as a guide and modify it to fit your families needs.
You can see there are a lot of opportunity for play time. I hope to be adding more independent play as my daughters becomes more comfortable with it. I have noticed that when I incorporate sensory activities she enjoys independent play a lot more!
I’m sure you noticed the small allowance for screen time and that is because my daughter is very sensitive to screen time. I have noticed that the more screen time I allow in our home, the less she engages with her toys and has a much harder time regulating her emotions.
If you typically include more screen time, no biggie! Adjust where needed!
Of course there are going to be exceptions for our routine if there are appointments or any of us feeling under the weather.
I hope this helped give you some ideas for creating a schedule for your preschooler!
To read more about what materials we are incorporating click here: How To Do A Play Based Preschool Curriculum At Home