Our (Home) Preschool Day: Set Daily Goals

I’ve been asked a few times what our “preschool” days are like and how I fit things in.  I’m afraid you’re about to be very underwhelmed, but I’ll continue anyway to show you that it doesn’t take a ton of planning or forethought or even a lot of time to make a big difference in your child’s life.  

I really started “working” with the kids on preschool type activities when Luke was about 2-1/2 years old.  He just turned 4 in February and Lilah is now 2-1/2.  I have changed the logistics of what we do and how we do it a zillion times already, but I’ll give you the basic methods behind my madness in a series of posts…starting with this one! 🙂  

Here’s how I begin…

Step #1: Set daily goals
Each day my goal is to accomplish a set number of things with the kids…usually about 3 to keep it simple.  Lately those 3 things have normally been a book reading time, some sort of art, craft, or fine-motor activity, and then some sort of “together activity” like a nature walk around the neighborhood, building a block city, playing a game, or going to a park, the playground, or playing in our yard.  To clarify, these 3 daily goals are ones where I will devote my full attention to the kids.  We typically do lots of other learning activities during the day, too, but with many of them, I can get the kids started and then monitor from a distance while I’m working on other things.  I’ll get to that in future posts.

If we accomplish more than the three things in a day, that’s awesome!  But if we at least get those 3 things done, I feel pretty good because I know I spent some real quality time with the kids and they each got some focused attention and skills practice.

What 3 things would top your list?

See Step #2 here!

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • Kacey says:

    Now that you mention it our lesson plans are roughly 3 things a day too: language/phonics, math, and one other subject. We do more than that during the course of the day, obviously, but our formal “school” time does stay right around 3 subjects.

  • Great ides for making the most out of your time with children. Limiting your planning to three activities is a great tip! Finding you through The Kid Blogger Network! I look forward to connecting, an getting to know your blog!

  • Shonda says:

    Genny- I love how you broke this down. I have looking for how to do preschool at home and this is the simplest idea I have found. Way to inspire!

  • Brooke says:

    I appreciate this post so much! It’s realistic and helpful as I’m currently praying over our situation. My 3 year old is ready for a preschool program, but I’ve yet to find one that either fits with my work schedule (I must work full time outside the home) or that is not exceptionally expensive. I’m starting to brainstorm about preparing her for kindergarten myself at home. I feel overwhelmed from my research about not being able to squeeze it in in the 5 hours we have each evening….but this gives me hope. Thanks!

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