I always get asked if it’s true that I am homeschooling my one-year-old, and the answer is yes! (Now he is two and yes, I am homeschooling him too)
What a homeschool toddler schedule basically means, is that I have a set schedule weekly and daily of planned activities to teach core concepts of development for this age.
How does a homeschool schedule look like? And what do I do when things don’t go as plan?
We may not always stick to it – hey! life happens – but we do try.
Don’t worry, the schedule is flexible enough to take day changes into account.
Homeschool Toddler Schedule breakdown
When I am home all day long I try to have a structured day to not go crazy!
I noticed that the days I didn’t have things planned we would spend a lot of time in front of the tv.
Because at one year old their attention span is so short you have to create lots of smaller activities.
I break the day in three and I have a planned activity in each one.
- I work on our homeschool folder and do some type of art activity in the morning.
- I do a sensory activity in the afternoon to work on fine motor skills
- I do an outdoor activity To work on gross motor skills
Then in between those times, I add some independent play and other improvised activities.
To create your own schedule you can download a blank free Activity Planner.
|9am to 9:15am||Learning workbook and/or Art (this could be simple as drawing with crayons or more elaborate to play with paint)|
|9:15am to 10am||Music/ Fine Motor Skill Activity (We sing and read the poem or book chosen for the week)|
|10:00am to 10:30am||Snack and free play – it is the time I choose a playdate or when I host a mommy & me events. If I have to stay home see below|
|10:30 – 10:45am||Critical Thinking (this could be a puzzle or a more challenging activity from the MY FIRST SCHOOL CURRICULUM)|
|10:45am – 11:30am||Independence Play (so I can get lunch ready)|
|11:30am – 12:00||Lunch|
|12:00pm – 2:00pm||Nap Time (This is my time where I work for my part-time job, clean, blog, plan my next Mommy & Me sensory class or watch Netflix.. it all depends on my mood)|
|2:00pm – 2:30pm||Sensory or fine motor skills activity|
|2:30pm – 2:45pm||Independence Play (while I put away the sensory bin)|
|2:45pm – 3:30pm||Going to pick up brother at school (usually, we sing in the car)|
|3:30pm – 4:15pm||Play Outside / Gross motor skills activity|
|4:15pm – 4:45pm||Language Development Activity like reading our favorite book, pretend play or playing with puppets|
|4:45pm – 5:15pm||Play outside or go to the community park|
|5:15pm – 6:00pm||Free Play (with dad after dad comes from work and I can prep dinner)|
|6:00pm on…||Dinner and bed routine|
FREE DOWNLOAD: GET THIS EDITABLE PRINT SCHEDULE (Microsoft word) and make your own schedule
Of course we are flexible with the routine, I only have it as a guide to try to do a little bit of everything each day.
There are days we have meetups and playdates and during those days I only choose one big and one small activity to do in the afternoon.
I also try to repeat activity during the week so that prepping and setting up is easier.
set up your homeschool program
This post is part of series about learning how to start homeschooling your toddler.
- Setting up a learning environment
- Creating a homeschool schedule (this post)
- Understanding what to teach at what age (what to teach at 1 yr old | what to teach at 2 years old)
- How to create learning goals (1 yr old learning goals | 2 year old learning goals ) and track progress during the year
- How to choose lessons, activities and learning curriculums to teach the learning goals
- Purchasing supplies to aid your teaching goals (supplies for 1 year olds | supplies for 2 year olds <coming soon>)