Making a homeschooling schedule can seem like a daunting task, especially for the first year of academic work. Kindergarteners can get easily overwhelmed with too much seated book work, which is why it’s especially important to make a good schedule that will suit your child’s attention span and energy level. Which is why you need a simple kindergarten homeschool schedule.
I’m going to share the simple homeschool schedule that I have used while homeschooling kindergarten. You may find that you can use it as it’s written or you might need to make tweaks to suit your family. If you take a very different approach to homeschooling than I do, you might just find this post inspirational for creating your own homeschooling schedule.
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When creating this homeschool schedule, I followed the 7 Steps I outlined in the post above and evaluated what subjects we would cover throughout the year. We also needed to make time for meals, housekeeping, and activities outside of the house.
Our Simple Kindergarten Homeschool Schedule
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This is the schedule I refer to throughout the week to see what is coming next and each morning when I put up the day’s Visual Homeschool Schedule for the kids to refer to throughout the day.
Want to know more about our curriculum choices and why we do these specific subjects? Read: Homeschooling Kindergarten | What Subjects to Teach
As you can see, we accomplish all of our academics in the first half of the day. Dominic can only do about 30 minutes of focussed academic work before he starts getting antsy.
The times listed on the schedule are approximations and are only there as a guide. We sometimes shuffle things around or get really into something and take longer.
Mondays are Field Trip Day
We go somewhere fun and educational every Monday! We all look forward to it, and the boys always learn something. Learning is happening all the time. You could go to the same place every Monday and your kids would still learn something each time! They would dive deeper into subjects and the information would be meaningful.
Where We Go on Field Trip Days:
- Local STEAM hand-on museum for kids
- State Park
- Nature Preserve
- Great Smoky Mountain National Park (we live nearby)
- Botanical Garden
This year, we just do this on our own and go places that are free or we have memberships for already. Next year we might change it up by joining a co-op or field trip group and go with other homeschooling families.
The Regular Lessons
Tuesday through Friday are our regular lesson days. The first half of the day looks much the same on these days. We do our morning basket time, social studies, math, and language arts lesson. We also have a daily chore that the kids help with and we all enjoy doing Yoga together!
Settling into this routine has been important for us. Dominic thrives when he knows what to expect throughout the day and he transitions from one thing to another much more easily with this set schedule.
The Enchanted Learning
Each day there is something special, delightful and fun for the kids to do.
Mondays we take field trips.
Tuesdays we enjoy Poetry Teatime together.
Wednesdays we do an art lesson or free expression with art supplies.
Thursdays we do 1 activity from the Kiwi Co box.
Fridays I give the boys a new lego challenge to build. (Check out my Lego Pinterest Board for ideas.)
My boys LOVE all 5 of these activities. Each week I put thought into them so that they are a bit different, personalized and special. The kids are enchanted and learning happens naturally.
Weekly Library Trip
The library is a vital resource for homeschoolers! We all enjoy going, getting the books we’ve reserved for planned lessons, and letting the boys pick out books that look interesting to them. The library is such a wonderful place. Can you tell we really love books?!
We decided to do a long science block on Saturdays so that Steve could help teach it! He’s passionate about science and loves sharing that with the boys. It also makes science extra special to the boys because Daddy is the one teaching them!
In Kindergarten free play is so important. Make sure you give your kids ample time to play. Let them play with toys inside, take them outside in the yard to play, visit local parks, meet up with friends or family. Make play a priority!
I don’t have scheduled technology or screen time. But that’s not because we don’t use them. We do use them, pretty much every day! Dominic has a Kids Kindle Fire. It’s put away in my closet every night and we get it out most days at 3 and he can play on it until dinner time. I chose quality games and educational apps that he can play on it. When he has it, he usually only plays for about 1 hour, then he’s off to do something else.
If we are inside at home in the afternoons, we also let them watch TV if they want to. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. It’s not something we stress over!
Make Your Simple Kindergarten Homeschool Schedule
Now that you’ve seen how we do things, go make your own schedule! Remember, you don’t have to plan every minute, but you should have a good idea of the main things that you’ll do each day. Include both regular lessons and enchanted learning opportunities. Make play a priority. And include any regular field trips, co-ops, activities, or sports!
And don’t forget to get the free Visual Homeschool Schedule so that your kindergartener can see what to expect throughout the day!
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