For those reading this with toddlers & babies and curious what future years of pre-school will be like, I thought I’d share Little Dude’s pre-school routine.
You could set up similar (age-appropriate) structure at home before the pre-school years.
Kids thrive on routine. I’m sure there’s some people out there who disagree, but there IS something to be said for settling into a routine. Our son feels a sense of security and confidence knowing “what’s next” and also FAIRNESS in setting up expectations for his day.
8:55-9:10 check-in and table activity
9:10-9:15 clean-up/ school announcements and the Pledge
9:25-9:40 circle time
9:40-9:45 transition to outdoors
10:00-10:25 bathroom break, wash hands, snack
10:25-10:35 story time
11:20-11:35 clean-up & closing
At the end of his school day, I love asking him what his favorite part of his school day was. It varies from writing his name at check-in, to playing with cars at the centers, playing outside or painting. Dividing his morning up helps him recall specific tasks better… hey, I think that works for adults, too 😉
Perhaps you are curious what kind of “lesson” a 4 year old is assigned?
Well, his first assignment was to put exactly 4 items in a brown paper bag (teacher sent home with him) that tells his classmates and teacher about him.
- Jesus (he happily already says Jesus lives in Heaven and his heart)
- a red hotwheel (he loves red and anything with wheels)
- a pirate telescope (he’s always exploring and figuring out how stuff works)
- a baby toy (because of his little brother)
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