Relaxed Homeschool Schedule For Toddlers (Free Printable)
If you are looking to structure your day with a toddler you have come to the right place. Whether you are starting homeschool preschool or just looking to add rhythm to your day. I’m going to share an example toddler homeschool schedule that you can easily adjust to fit your family’s needs.
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Daily Learning Schedule For Toddlers
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7:00 – 8:30
- Wake up
- Eat breakfast
- Bible story and prayer
- Mom does morning chores while toddler plays
- Help toddler through their morning checklist
- Mom gets ready for the day
8:30 – 9:00
- “Get the wiggles out”
This could involve taking your toddler for a walk, doing an exercise tape, or doing an indoor activity that involves the child being active. You could teach them how to do jumping jacks, squats, jump from side to side, how to play with a ball, the possibilities are endless.
9:00 – 9:30
- Sit down structured learning time
This is a time to work one of one with your toddler on some skill you would like to teach them. This could be pencil grip, or shapes, or numbers, or colors. Here is how I taught my 3-year-old to read.
Maybe you just want to read them a book or do a craft.
Just give them some undivided attention, let them lead the way and they will be set up for enjoying some independent playtime once they have had some attention from you.
If you have a baby it works great to have this time during your baby’s morning nap. If you have older children this is a great time for them to do some independent work.
9:30 – 10:15
- Independent playtime
- Snack time
Now is a great time for mom to pay a bill, fix her hair, switch the laundry around, etc. Then she can prepare the snack and have the kids sit down to eat it.
10:15 – 12:00
- Outside playtime or indoor activity time
This will look different each day and will depend on the weather. On nice days we stay out as much as possible. Kids seem to entertain themselves better when they are outside. This is also a great time to teach them life skills by having them help pick up the yard or plant a garden.
When it’s warm enough, water play is a great option.
Let your kids be kids. Let them play in the dirt. Let them use their imaginations. Don’t feel like this time needs to be extremely structured, especially at the toddler stage.
If they need more structure sensory play and fun activities are great during this time of the day.
You can also take them to the park, for a scooter ride, the possibilities are endless.
12:00 – 12:30
12:30 – 1:00
Take some time to wind down and get ready for a nap or quiet time. This is the perfect time to read a book and get some extra snuggles with everybody.
1:00 – 2:30
2:30 – 3:00
- one on one time
Play whatever they want to play, play outside, do a small activity, whatever your child does better with after first waking up. I find that a lot of attention right after nap time goes a long way.
3:00 – 5:00
- Independent playtime
- outside time
- sensory activity
- practice the learning skills you went over this morning
I used to rotate between these things with my toddler, depending on what kind of day we were having. This might also be the time I would go visit a grandparent who lives close by.
Often when she was still napping she would nap longer and this time before dinner would be shorter.
Again, don’t stress so much about having to have a bunch of structured plans. I found that the more I sat down and had a structured activity planned, the more my daughter expected it, and then she was playing independently less.
Please note, playing independently is a learned skill that does come more naturally to some kids than others. I understand it doesn’t always happen as we would like.
Just try your best to be flexible. Keep expecting independent play, plus do give them undivided attention where you play with them and they will get there.
5:00 – 5:30
- mom gets dinner ready
- toddler plays with dad, watches mom cook, or watches a show
I save television time until I need to use it as a tool to accomplish something that is made very difficult by my toddler.
If she wants to watch me cook that’s great and I let it happen.
However, this time of the day seems to be a struggle and more often than not I just need to get dinner done without little hands grabbing everything. This is where dad or the tv comes in.
I also stick with really simple meals.
5:30 – 6:15
- eat dinner
- mom cleans up dinner while your toddler hangs with dad or plays independently.
6:30 – 7:00
- family time
- bath time
This can vary depending on what night it is. We don’t take a bath every night, so sometimes we play a game, watch a show as a family, play outside, or just hang out.
7:00 – 7:30
- clean up room (I help)
- get ready for bed
- read story
That is our whole day. It really is very simple. I don’t really keep a rigid eye on the time. I’m pretty strict about our morning and nighttime routine, but other than that I allow for a lot of free play, spend about 30 minutes a day on sit down learning and let my toddler play for the rest of the day.
I really do believe that a child learns best through play. I join in as much as I can and focus on my blogs and the house during random pockets of the day.
When We Have To Go Somewhere
When we have an errand to run like going to the grocery store or we just want to get out go do something fun we do that in the late morning once our morning routine is done.
We usually leave the house around 10 and we make it back in time for lunch before we have nap time at 1 pm.
Then if there is still something else we need to accomplish that day we will get it done in the time between nap time and dinner.
That’s our day! I hope you found it helpful and motivating in some way. Remember, each family is different so adjust your schedule to fit the needs of your family.
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