I recently wrote about our family’s daily routines, but I thought it might also be fun to share “a day in the life” of our homeschooled preschooler.
Keep in mind that every child is unique—this is what is currently working for our precocious 4-year-old. Before we get into the nitty-gritty, I’d like to mention that Kate is an ISFP (Introverted, Sensitive, Feeling, Perceiving} and an auditory/kinesthetic learner, which both factor into how she learns best. Two of our favorite parenting resources are Nurture by Nature and Talkers, Watchers, & Doers. Click on the pictures below for shopping links; keep in mind that Lone Star Signers does use affiliate links at no extra cost to you!)
“[ISFPs] are also playful and curious free spirits, content to explore the immediate world around them without judgement or a plan of action. They are easygoing and unassuming, modest and quiet.”
Nurture by Nature, p. 254
7:30 a.m. Kate is awake and hanging out with her sister in their room. She wakes up grumpy (like her mom) and needs a few minutes to acclimate to the new day.
8:00 a.m. Dad is ready for work. Kate recites her AWANA verses before he goes at the door.
8:30 a.m. Both girls are ready for the day. Kate has help making her bed, but picks out her clothes, gets dressed, and brushes her teeth independently. We leave to run errands with a bag of dry cereal “to go.”
8:45 a.m. We park in the library parking lot so I can connect to the free WiFi and check my e-mail. We didn’t go out at all yesterday, so I have a few things that need to be dealt with. Both girls eat their cereal and read a book in the backseat while I finish up.
9:15 a.m. We arrive at the local optical shop recommended to us by a neighbor. Kate has a broken nosepad on her glasses that needs to be replaced. While we wait, we actually run into the neighbor and her daughter and all three girls play with the Duplos in the waiting room.
9:30 a.m. Kate’s glasses are repaired, and we walk a block to the post office. We drop off two letters in the mail slot and buy a book of stamps. We run into our neighbor and her daughter again, so the girls giggle and twirl together before we head off in separate directions. (#smalltownlife)
9:50 a.m. We’re back at the library, waiting for the 10:00 a.m. opening time. Both girls have returned a book, so they fan out in the children’s section to pick out something new. While we’re at the library, my husband texts and asks me to check out a DVD and drop it off at his work.
10:15 a.m. We pull up outside my husband’s job (a retirement village community) and deliver the DVD. While we drive home, Kate reads her new library books.
10:30 a.m. The girls have been awesome on our errands, so they are given 20 minutes of free time to play in the basement. Kate asks if she can listen to music on the family iPad, so I log in for her.
“Preschool ISFPs are usually very fond of music and enjoy listening to tapes or making music. They are often little songbirds, humming tunes to themselves as they play quietly with their dolls or stuffed animals.” Nurture by Nature, p. 256
11:00 a.m. The “school” alarm beeps, so we all meet up together on the button rug down in the basement. We talk about the calendar together and record the weather. Kate participates in the discussion, but chooses to keep playing rather than “do schoolwork” at her desk. (At this point, I keep all paper and pencil work strictly optional for Kate. I pushed Addie much too hard when she was in preK and really regret it now.)
11:15 a.m. Addie and I are going through her math lesson together. Kate is listening to every word I say while alternating between her transportation tot trays, jumping on the trampoline, and playing with her dolls. She listens to her “favorite songs” playlist, which includes music from Signing Time and Rachel and the Treeschoolers.
“Young ISFPs are usually happy to play with whoever is around and especially enjoy playing with their parents and siblings. But they are also happy to play alone for long periods of time…Curious explorers, they learn best by hands-on experimentation; touching things is how they come to understand them.” Nurture by Nature, p. 255
11:50 a.m. Kate joins me in the laundry room to take clothes out of the dryer. She helps me hang up shirts, match up socks, etc. We talk about colors of the clothes and count items.
12:00 p.m. LUNCH! Kate helps me make sandwiches and set the table while Addie finishes up her independent practice pages. We turn on a Sesame Street CD while the girls eat and giggle together.
1:00 p.m. We finish cleaning up lunch, and Kate settles down for her nap. She still sleeps a good two hours each day, so we give her the time to recharge her batteries.
“ISFPs also tend to need plenty of time to play or rest in their rooms and will not be hurried or rushed from one activity to another. When they are overly tired, they usually cry and fall apart.” Nurture by Nature, p. 257
3:30 p.m. Kate is awake (and grumpy), so she has a little transition time in her room before she joins the rest of us.
4:00 p.m. Kate cuddles with me on the couch for read-aloud time. Even though she is now reading independently, she still likes for me to read her favorite books to her.
4:30 p.m. We go outside to enjoy the sunshine. The girls ride their bikes while I do some yardwork.
5:15 p.m. Dad arrives home. Our official “school day” is over. It’s been a perfect day for Kate: she has been able to run, jump, and ride her bike, she ran into a friend while running errands and got to check out books at the library, she experienced sensory play while listening to her sister’s math lessons, she spent time helping me with laundry and lunch, she sang along to all of her favorite songs and memory work, and she took a nap.
I feel confident that she’ll be interested in “table work” long before her 5th birthday (still more than six months away)—right now, our play-based approach is working for her learning style and unique personality/temperament.
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