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We recently made the decision to homeschool my kiddos instead of placing them in school. Along with starting my own nursery school in our home, I can make sure my toddler is getting the skills she needs for development. This is our homeschool preschool routine.

Our Homeschool Preschool Routine
We use free play inside and outside along with book time and other explorations. Explorations are planned activities by me, but are not worksheets. They can be anything from painting, exploring the library, hiking at our local conservancy, nature art, play dough, etc. I try to keep the Explorations as open minded as I can.

So here it is….

Our Homeschool Preschool Routine

*This is the homeschool preschool routine of our day and not a ridged schedule. We are pretty flexible with the exact times we do things, but the routine still offers consistency and routine for the little ones.

6-6:30 wake up, meditation, set intentions

7:00- Breakfast, To Do List for the day

Breakfast as part of our homeschool preschool routine
Followed by: Get dressed, brush hair, and brush teeth

Brushing our teeth as part of our homeschool preschool routine
Next is mommy and me yoga

Read books togetherReading books together as part of our homeschool preschool routine
Then comes Free Play Inside (Inside now because it’s winter and it’s usually colder in the mornings. However, outside time in the spring, summer and first part of fall.

Free play as part of our homeschool preschool routine
Inside play time with our PVC pipes


Wash up and snack time around 9:30

Followed by our Exploration…

Some our favorites are coloring, playdough (Check our leaf and playdough exploration here), nature crafts (Check out our homemade bird feeders here) and visits to our library.

11:00 is nap time which allows mama time to prepare lunch and get a little work done.

12:00 is lunch time

Followed by outside time

Outside playtime as part of our homeschool preschool routine

2:00 we come in and get washed up for snack time

2:30- Quiet Time which usually means cartoons.

3:30- Free Play Inside

4:30- Mama prepares dinner while she plays with daddy.

5:00- Dinner Time Together as a Family

6:30- Bath, Get dressed, Brush Hair and Teeth

7:30- Book and off to bed

I included times which usually are rough estimates of when we do things. We don’t keep a set schedule, but live in a flexible routine. Thankfully this works for my daughter.

Our schedule is about to change as I am preparing to head into the hospital to have our son. This means be watching out for a new updated routine, once we are in a new establish routine.

Our Homeschool Preschool Routine

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If you are a homeschool preschool family, then you know there are just some items you can’t live without in your classroom. Did you know there are eco-friendly versions of those must haves that are both safe for the environment and safer for your preschoolers? The following are some of our must have items we use in our eco-friendly homeschool preschool.

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1. Paints
We love to use homemade paints or Eco Kids Finger paints. Both are non-toxic and eco-friendly.

There are so many benefits for our littles through the art of painting. Painting enhances creativity when children are encouraged to free paint, improves fine motor skills and can provide a great sensory experience when finger painting. Painting is a lovely precursor to writing and a wonderful outlet for those who love painting.


2. Play-dough

We love to make our playdough right at home. Ecodough is our dough of choice if we choose to use already made products. Play dough is great for sensory and building hand strength. Children build fine motor skills and boost their creativity with the use of play dough.

3. Crayons

If you have a little artist like mine, then you know crayons are an essential item to have readily available. Crayons are a great tool to allow for creativity and boost fine motor skills. We love crayons made from Beeswax. They are eco-friendly and safe for little ones.

4. Non-Toxic Glue
Glue is another must have item. We use glue often when we are creating art projects and our occasional craft. Glueing items is another way to help improve fine motor skills. If you use liquid glue, it’s also a great way to teach children about the less is more concept. Most kid friendly glue is non-toxic or at least we would hope, however, there are some eco-friendly kinds out there as well.

5. Pencils

The skill of using pencils is so important for our little writers. Pencils come in different sizes for different grips.  Pencil use helps children to gain fine motor and eye-hand coordination skills as well as fine tune their pencil grip. There are eco-friendly pencils options available. Check out Sprouts which can be later planted and grown into a plant.

These are some of our must haves we use almost on a daily basis in our eco-friendly homeschool preschool. I’m always looking into trying different brands to see which options work best.

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Two Sunday’s ago, we talked about goal setting, so today I want to talk about another powerful tool for our homeschoolers… the to-do list.
So why a to-do list?
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To-do lists help us stay productive and focused on our goals. It helps us prioritize our day. This is true for even our natural learners.

The Key Elements to the List

Child-led List

The most important element to a natural learning to-do list is that it is the child’s list. It needs to be based on how they want to prioritize their day and what they want to accomplish. When it’s an adult imposed list, there is no ownership for the child. It may not contain things that are truly important to them which can cause avoidance or other negative behaviors. This means you as the parent need to be open to what your child puts on their list.

The littlest ones will need guidance. If they are verbal enough, ask them what they want to do. If they aren’t that verbal yet like our 17 month old, then simply include things you know they like on their to do list. For example, Scout loves building with blocks, reading books with us, coloring, playing outside, etc. These are some of the items I include on her to-do list.

Consistent Time 

Another key element is making sure to write their to-do list at a consistent time each day. Some people like me prefer to do them the night before. It helps ease my anxiety at night which helps me sleep better. Others prefer to do them in the morning as part of their daily routine. You may want to try both for about a week or so to see which is best for your child. Then be sure to stick with the routine.

Review the List

Be sure to review the list several times a day. If you wrote the night before, go over it at the start of the day as part of your morning routine. The children can cross items off the list as they complete them and then look to see what is next on their list. I recommend reviewing the list at least 3 times, once in the morning, once at lunch time, and once at dinner.

Keep the List Small

The size of the list will vary for each child. Keep it simple. Children can’t realistically do 100 things in the day, so be sure to help guide them to narrow down their list. Vice versa, older children may need more than two items on their lists. Again, the number will depend on the age, maturity, and level of comfort with to-do lists for each child.

*If you are in the beginning stages of using to-do lists, remember it’s more about teaching the process than it is actually using the list.


I like to add a nighttime reflection with the kiddos. What went well on the list? What didn’t go so well? Was there something they should have included on the list but didn’t? Was there something they should have not included with their list?

The self-reflection helps them to truly learn how to use a to-do list with items that are a priority. It also helps them to see what is important to them and not so important. Along with what needs to be done vs. what they want to do instead.

What should a homeschoolers to-do list include?

This completely depends on the child and their interests. However, here is a list of some ideas…

  1. Chores
  2. Outdoor Time
  3. Play Time
  4. Painting
  5. Play Dough Play
  6. Minecraft Time
  7. Book Time
  8. Time with Mom or Dad Alone
  9. Trip to the Library
  10. Research a Topic
  11. Build with Legos
  12. Go for Hike

What Type of To-Do List Works Best?

Well again, this is completely dependent on the child and what works best for them. There are many ways to do a to-do list.

Paper-Pencil List

There’s the good ole paper-pencil list. Sometimes people including children need to physically write it down to help them think.

*Some kiddos especially younger ones might draw pictures instead of writing down the words. Whatever works best for them!


There are many apps available via phones or tablets. You and your homeschooler will just have to try different ones until you find the one that works best for them.


Planners are another great place to keep to do lists handy. Planners allow them to keep track of important dates, their goals and their to-do lists.

*If you need documentation of your child’s learning, a planner with daily to-do lists, goals, and dates would be a great resource to either use or look back through when you are compiling your documentation.

Over all, To-do lists are a great tool for children to learn to use to keep them productive and motivated. It also helps them to learn how to prioritize.  They can be used by any kiddo including traditional homeschoolers, unschoolers, and even children in a school system. Just remember giving your child the lead whether you agree with their to-do list or not is what will be key to them truly learning the importance to a to-do list.

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