Homeschooling Routines?

Emily - posted on 12/15/2008 ( 4 moms have responded )




I have a question for you ladies. I have three girls (3 ½, 2 ½ and 11 months) and plan to homeschool until they are at least 8. We were part of a homeschool group for a while, but they just shut down the group because everyone seems to be getting too busy to contribute. I’m actually a little relieved because the group meetings were disrupting our schedule.

So now, without group meetings to throw off my weekly schedule, I’d like to get into a good “school” routine with my girls. We have pretty solid morning and bedtime routines with them, and we’re working on a dinner-time routine, but I’d like some sort of school routine too. Do any of you have similar routines? What do you include during that time?

So far all I know is that I would like to do something with a calendar, the Pledge of Allegiance, probably some type of writing practice, and incorporating songs & other activities.

Any imput? :)


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Traci - posted on 01/17/2009




I have a son, 4, and daughter, 2, and one on the way.  I am working on phonics with my son this year and other basic preschool ideas.  I have learned from my son that he needs to sit down and do school right after breakfast or else he is ready to play and can't settle back into working on things.  So we get that out of the way first thing (if something comes up we postpone it until right after nap).  So we wake up, eat, do our reading lesson, some worksheets at the table, then we get ready and have play time, after dinner we do the remainder of our school stuff for the day (my husband works evenings so we try to fit it in when he is away.

Kristin - posted on 01/05/2009




The biggest piece of advice I can give: Don't expect too much! Make it fun. Repition is key! Songs are great- as are finger plays. Calendar's a great idea and like Beth said, lots of visual stuff is appealing to little ones. Writing practice may be a little advanced, depending on your 3 year old but any time a child can use a crayon, paint brush, marker, etc. they're fining their small motor skills so go for it! I teach a preshcool class at my church (in addition to homeschooling my 5 year old) and my 17 month old does nearly everything that the other kids do... I have no choice. If I don't give her her own stuff to do, she steals from the other kids!

Beth - posted on 01/05/2009




What a fun age! Hi I'm Beth Wilson. I live over seas and teach my 12 and 15 yr old daughters. One son is in the States finishing high school. We've home schooled since K. What a joy and privilege to get to have this time with my kids. Don't regret a minute of it!
Well, some ideas for ya:
-The calendar is a great start. Each month you could decorate a designates place according to the months/season, labeling days of the week. Visuals are big with little kids. Like hearts and cupids for Feb since Valentines day is the big celebration, in April is Easter so baby lambs, empty tomb and crosses, decorated paper eggs. The girls though very young can add their touch in crayola :0)
-Listening and repeating is great for them. Repeating a short Bible verse everyday, the same verse for the week, days of week, alphabet, their shapes and colors with a visual. Anything you want them to be learning. Putting these to song is so fun!

Just a few starter ides you can use.We use Alpha and Omega now, but when they were 4-8 yrs we did our own thing. Making use of the Library, creative idea books for crafts, bought writing pads at the store, made charts to show their progress and accomplishments with stickers. Sooooo fun! Lots of hands on making and building and play dough.
So, blessings on your family and be encouraged you can do it! You know your kids better than anybody, their likes, their talents. Have fun!
Kindred Heart,

Jennifer - posted on 12/28/2008




input cyber-smiley of person eating popcorn here... I'll just tag along for the ride to hear what people have to say, as I'm in almost the same boat... with a 4 1/2 year old & 18 month old & looking for a school schedule to get started with... to incorporate into our routine... :D

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