We learned right away when we started homeschooling for preschool that we needed a schedule that was flexible. Academics are important to us but they also need to fit well into our day to day family life. This check list has been the best of both worlds and adds responsibility for the kids, too!
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As a former public school teacher, I know that even the best planned and well thought out days don't always go as you'd expect. As a mom, I live this unpredictability. As a homeschooling family, I'm learning to cut myself some slack when it comes to getting it all done. Yet we do set goals for all we'd hope to accomplish on an ideal day of school at home.
I typed our goals up in a check list which I put in dry erase pocket. Each day when we complete these very open ended tasks our preschooler would check off what we had finished. I purposely kept some of the items open ended like Create and Play as some days I had planned activities and other days our kids completed these as self driven explorations. Even Writing could be drawing on a Magnadoodle, making a birthday card, or working on name writing.
I'm happy to report that this list and these photos are from last year but this idea has been such a success that we are still using it to this day! How do you plan and organize your preschool days?
For more Resources on Teaching Responsibility from the Early Childhood Education Team, we recommend:
Teaching Responsibility in Preschool through Practical Life Skills via The Preschool Toolbox Blog
Teaching Responsibility: Use a Morning Routine Checklist via Mom Inspired Life
Morning Routine Chart for the Preschool Classroom via Fun-A-Day
Teaching Responsibility: Simple Daily Routine Chart for Kids via Learning 2 Walk
Teaching Kids to be Responsible through Literacy Activities via Growing Book by Book
Responsibility Interactive Mini-Book and Memory Game for Preschoolers via Life Over C's
Teaching Children How to Be Responsible for their Own Backpack by The Educators' Spin On It
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