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Follow these tips to create your own toddler homeschool schedule and feel confident in your teaching at-home journey.

I always get asked if it’s true that I am homeschooling my toddler, and the answer is yes! (Now he is six, and yes, I have been homeschooling him since )

Juggling, creating learning activities, and managing a home can be overwhelming. As a toddler nature and sensory teacher and a homeschool mom, I have dedicated myself to coaching other parents who are doing this at home.

toddler homeschool schedule

The strategy we will talk about today is a quick look at what I teach in the course Play To Learn: Toddler Homeschool Foundation 101, where I help you create a routine that works for your family lifestyle, toddler personality, and energy levels to make the most of your days.

How do I start creating a toddler homeschool schedule?

toddler homeschool schedule

A predictable yet flexible daily homeschool routine is key to successful toddler homeschooling. Here’s how to create one that works for your family.

Balance Structure and Flexibility

The perfect schedule for a toddler and you is one that can be flexible yet has some type of repetition and consistency. You can theme your days so that you know that you go on playdates every Tuesday and go on a field trip every Friday. This will allow you to plan but not get overwhelmed.

How do you structure a homeschool day?

Start with your anchors – these are the things that don’t change like meals, outdoor time, and rest or quiet time.

Then, in between each one aim for different activities.

I always have scheduled for the day an educational parent-guided or parent-proposed activity (Which I will tell you more about below) with a fun theme day activity.

Here is a sample of our fun theme days:

  • Monday Movement – music classes, going to the playground, dancing in the kitchen, or playing soccer
  • Terrain Tuesdays – Going out to nature, playing with dirt, and or exploring our local garden store
  • Water Wednesday – We are lucky to live in a state where the weather is good all year long. So Wednesdays are for playing in the rain, at the water table, and even at the kitchen sink or our bathtub.
  • Sensory Thursday – Thursday was my sensory class so, it was easy to call it sensory Thursday. This is when you can get out the messy mats, create that sensory bin you saw on Pinterest and, let creativity and fine motor skills go to work!
  • Fun Fridays – Have fun with your friends, head to a splash pad, create a playdate at the park or your house, and have time to decompress with other moms and enjoy your mom tribe. We need socialization, and so do our kids. These social dates are great for working on social skills, conflict resolutions, sharing, and all that good stuff!

Set up parent-guided learning activities

The best toddler learning activities are simple, hands-on, and engage the senses. Try some of these ideas to keep your little learner engaged.

Sensory Play Ideas

Sensory play is a hit with toddlers, and it benefits their brain development. Set up bins with materials like rice, beans, water edible beads, or kinetic sand. Make sensory bottles, play dough, or finger paint. Take the sensory fun outside with a water table or sandbox.

What’s a good toddler homeschool schedule

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.

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

HAVE YOU SEEN OUR toddler HOMESCHOOL SELF-GUIDED PLANS?

To create your own schedule you can download a blank free Activity Planner. 

Every day, schedule time for reading, for free play, for outdoor play, learning activity and a sensory exploration. You can explore the senses by cooking together, washing the dishes together or even setting up a sensory bin.

For parents that just want weekly activities selected and an easier to follow plan we have created the self-guided lesson plans. Weekly activity ideas to work on fine motor, gross motor, art, cognitive and language development while learning and having fun.

How many hours should a toddler be homeschooled?

When working with homeschool schedules and structures, you are not aiming for 6hrs a day activities one after the other as if you are recreating a daycare or public school. They have to fill up the day with activities because they have the kids all day and have no other responsibility like cooking, making lunch and their downtime is when parents pick up the kids. Homeschooling is different, we don’t have those limitations.

Leave plenty of unstructured free play so toddlers can work on creativity, foster independent play while you take care of other household responsibilities as well.

Most homeschoolers can teach what is needed in one hour a day. I get that, but toddlers get bored and they need activities through out the day. They might not even have 1hr long attention spans.

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Final Thoughts on Toddler homeschool Schedule

Remember to start with your anchors – those activities that do not change every day like meals, naps and baths.

Then choose when do you want to do yourtheme day activity. Maybe you have more energy to do things in the morning after breakfast and before lunch.

Then schedule some indepent play so you can do things at home too.

Add in your parent-guided learning activity. Maybe you work with the learning binder and do one or two pages of these every day after nap time.

Schedule time for free play. Maybe this looks like going outside after the binder play and draw with chalk, play with the trycicle and on a hot day, even play with the hose!

Write your schedule out and track your progress, tweak as you go to match your energy levels and you will find your perfect flow!