A Flexible Pre-K Homeschool Schedule

Schedule.

That word makes me shudder.

Not because I hate schedules- I love them. I just can’t keep to one and the bothers the heck out of me.

But if I’m gonna keep my daughter from being indoctrinated by the state school system then I better get used schedules, at least a homeschool one for my daughter’s sake.

She’s turning 4 in November and I want to get a head start on this beast as best I can.

What you are about to read is my attempt to “standardize” our homeschooling efforts and to make it more of a routine.

Deep breathe. Okay, here goes.

Reading

1. The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading (30 mins a day)

We’re moving right along with this easy-to-use guide. I love it. So far, Ava knows the alphabet (obviously, something we have been learning since birth), which letters are vowels and which are consonants, and the sound each letter makes. Soon, we are starting Section 3, in which we’ll actually start reading!

2. Sight Words (10 mins a day)

I found this Cookie Sheet Challenge on Pinterest (don’t you just love that place?). It’s cute. Your child forms words using magnetic letters and they stick to the cookie sheet. Ava loves it.

The Well-Trained Mind warns against teaching sight words in isolation because they believe a child should form the habit of sounding out words- not just memorizing them. But Ava loves finding the letters and spelling out the word on the cookie sheet. I tell her what the word is but I don’t force her to memorize it.

3. Library books- lots of ’em (30 mins a day)

We read these just about every night before bedtime (by the time the books are due back to the library, I am sooo ready for new ones). When we go anywhere in the car, I take a pile of them with me for Ava to look at.

4. Modern Curriculum Press Phonics

I am going to use this as a supplement to The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading. I think Ava will enjoy the workbook approach for a little change.  We will most likely use it a couple times a week.

Math

(We do all these activities multiple times a week.)

1. Abacus

We use this for general counting and to count by 2’s, 4’s, and 6’s.

2. Uno

This card game helps Ava with number and color matching. We all play it as a family.

3. Wooden Pattern Blocks

I had no idea but these little guys help youngsters with math.

4. Math Story Books

For these, I am following recommended book list from The Well-Trained Mind. Some of the books include: Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar, Pigs Will Be Pigs: Fun with Math and Money, Greedy Triangle, Monster Math, and a bunch more.

5. Learning about Fiat Money

I take cash and coins and show Ava what they are how much money the coin or paper bill represents.  She’s still learning this one just as I am considering QE3 is coming down the line. 😉

6. Counting in everyday life

We count silverware, fruit, etc. Ava also loves to help me cook and bake so I’ve been using that time to introduce measurements and amounts to her.

Writing

1. Coloring and Painting (30 mins a day)

I feel my daughter was a little behind in her speech skills but her motor skills are kinda outta this world. By age 2, she could kick a soccer ball around the yard like she’d been doing it her whole life and she holds a paint brush like a pro. Nevermind that John Mayer song about coloring outside the lines- she stays within the lines well when she colors and I think it’s great. I honestly think she’s ready to learn how to write.

2. Zaner-Bloser Handwriting with Continuous-Stroke Alphabet

This is supposed to be a colorful learn-to-write workbook that I think Ava will really like. If she is receptive to learning how to write, we will probably do this about 10 mins a day.

 Science

1. Exploring (at least 5x times a week)

Right now, I’m just trying to instill in my daughter a love for nature. It’s rather easy- I mean, what kid doesn’t like gazing at the moon and inspecting bugs? My goal is to keep that interest going and expanding her exposure to this great planet.

We do this by going on walks, to parks, playing outside with the hose, gardening and by just being in the house (we get a lot of bugs in here!)

2. Lap books (1 per week)

Lap books give Ava a chance to be a little more hands-on and creative. They can really be about anything but we keep them to science-based topics. She can practice cutting and pasting and she enjoys holding something she created.

3. Primary Science Set

This play set was recommended by Lindsey at Passionate Homemaking and I think Ava would have an absolute ball with it. Her birthday’s coming up and I think this is going to be one of her presents…

Learning about God

1. Prayer (multiple times a week)

The simplest and most important thing I can do for my daughter is to pray for her. I ask God to reveal Himself to her and for help in teaching her and training her in His ways. I really want her to grow up to a great woman of God. I pray for her safety, both physically and spiritually and I try to teach by example.  No easy feat, that’s for sure.

2. Reading the Bible to her (multiple times a week)

We have a nice children’s Bible but Ava hasn’t been too receptive to it yet. Instead, I just read a normal Bible aloud with her near by. She seems to enjoy listening to me read it.

3. Have her see me read the Bible. (multiple times a week)

If you want your child to be a reader, they have to see you reading.  So, I quietly read the Bible while she plays. I want her to know that this is an important book.

4. The Child’s Book of Character Building: Growing Up in God’s World

This book was also recommended by Lindsey at Passionate Homemaking and I can’t wait to order it. We will probably read it multiple times a week.

You can check out my growing Homeschooling board on Pinterest here.

If you have a great homeschooling resource, please let me know cuz I could use all the help I can get. So far, I get a lot of inspiration from Passionate Homemaking and the Mahogany Homemaker.

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8 Comments

  1. I homeschool my son. He has a learning challenge that makes it impossible for him to learn in a public school. I use anything and everything I can think of to help him grasp the lessons. I even used Legos when we were learning place value and multiplication. I use a curriculum called Learn at Home. It has lesson plans, teaching suggestions and worksheets all in one book. I use other sources like the internet and the library, but that is the main one.

    1. hey Charli- good for you! Your son will get a much better education from you than any from anyone else. Like Elizabeth said, he’s already been learning from you his whole life. Good luck with it and thank you commenting! 🙂

    1. Hi Elizabeth! I have only *briefly* looked over unschooling. I honestly don’t know that much about it. Right now, we are following the classical method which seems to be the exact opposite of unschooling. Unschooling came off to me as a little unstructured, maybe? I dunno, what do you think?

  2. Enjoy the ride! 🙂
    I’m homeschooling 5th, 4th, and K right now (plus a teenager in p.s. and a toddler at home,) mostly ala TWTM, but “schedule” is still a vague word in our house, lol.

    1. LOL! Wow- you do have your hands full! But what does TWTM mean? Yeah, I wrote this post in the hopes that it would encourage me to keep to a schedule but I must admit it hasn’t happened yet. I shall keep trying though. Thank you for your comment!

  3. Hi Stephanie,
    we’ve homeschooled for three years now. For the first two, I tried making up my own schedule/curriculum. It was very laid back for the kids, as they were natural learners who spent most of the day questioning and wanting to know more about things, anyhow. But I kept longing looking for a way to afford Sonlight. I love the idea behind it-everything planned out, no mad dashes to fill gaps I feel they have, etc. But, I couldn’t afford it brand-spaking new. So I went for the next best option…e-bay ;). This is our first year doing it, and I feel the same way you do…I keep making a schedule and stick to it for a little bit, but then, life happens and…we can’t stick to a set schedule. But, we’re trying!
    Luckily for me, winter is coming. We sort of goof off a bit during fall, but once winter hits(and it gets too cold to be outside for very long), we have more time to snuggle up in the family bed…for homeschooling! 😀
    We normally do a large bulk of our homeschooling during the Winter/Spring. During Summer/ Fall, we’re normally just trying to do “something” that closely resembles learning.
    One of the things I love about homeschooling is that everyone does it differently, and yet, we all do it well. Keep up the good work!

    1. Hi Jenn!! You sound like you have a great system going! Yes, I find schedules sooo hard to stick to! So, you recommend Sonlight? I never thought about Ebay, I’m gonna have to check that out. Thanks so much for the encouragement!

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