Homeschool Toddler Schedule For screen-free days

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.

See the one year old workbook we use

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.

toddler schedule

check out our summer schedule here

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. 
This is the recommended schedule used in the MY FIRST SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Morning

MorningActivity
9am to 9:15amLearning workbook and/or Art (this could be simple as drawing with crayons or more elaborate to play with paint)
9:15am to 10amMusic/ Fine Motor Skill Activity (We sing and read the poem or book chosen for the week)
10:00am to 10:30amSnack 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 – 10:45amCritical 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 – 12:00Lunch
12:00pm – 2:00pmNap 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 – 2:30pmSensory or fine motor skills activity
2:30pm – 2:45pmIndependence Play (while I put away the sensory bin)
2:45pm – 3:30pmGoing to pick up brother at school (usually, we sing in the car)
3:30pm – 4:15pmPlay Outside / Gross motor skills activity
4:15pm – 4:45pmLanguage Development Activity like reading our favorite book, pretend play or playing with puppets
4:45pm – 5:15pmPlay outside or go to the community park
5:15pm – 6:00pmFree 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.

If you need help planning your activities, The WHAT TO TEACH WORKBOOK, the MY FIRST SCHOOL CURRICULUM and the activity section in the blog always helps me plan.

set up your homeschool program

This post is part of series about learning how to start homeschooling your toddler.

  1. Setting up a learning environment
  2. Creating a homeschool schedule (this post)
  3. Understanding what to teach at what age (what to teach at 1 yr old | what to teach at 2 years old)
  4. How to create learning goals (1 yr old learning goals | 2 year old learning goals ) and track progress during the year
  5. How to choose lessons, activities and learning curriculums to teach the learning goals
  6. Purchasing supplies to aid your teaching goals (supplies for 1 year olds | supplies for 2 year olds <coming soon>)