This Pre-Kindergarten Daily Schedule is an easy way to plan your day. Let your child choose an activity in each category and practice writing it if they can!
I wanted to share this Pre-Kindergarten Daily Schedule I put together to help provide us with a little structure while my kids are not in school. My oldest is only in pre-k so I wanted something pretty basic but also something that would give him some ownership and let him choose as much as possible so that he would be excited to participate. I created this schedule so that together we could brainstorm and write down an activity in each of the following categories:
This schedule focuses more on categories rather than doing things in a specific order. It allows us to choose some activities each day and then organize them in a way that works best for us each day without being restricted to doing things in the same order daily. My son thrives on routine and schedule, so my guess is we may start naturally doing things in the same order each day anyways, but I like the flexibility. Or who knows, he may just be happy going through the daily schedule each morning, even if it’s a different schedule from the day before.
Pre-Kindergarten Daily Schedule
Here’s an example of how we filled out the daily schedule:
- Learning: Muffins (He wanted to learn about what makes muffins rise)
- Movement: Simon Says
- Art: Painting
- Cooking: Pizza (He wanted to make homemade pizza)
- Reading: Watch (He wanted to use Storyline Online to watch an actor read a book)
- Building: Legos
And here’s how our day went:
- Wake up/breakfast/showers/get dressed
- Make schedule
- Make pizza dough (watched a video on yeast while yeast was activating)
- Free play
- Simon Says for movement
- Science experiment about the difference between baking soda and baking powder. (Find it here)
- Lunch – shaped, baked and ate our pizzas…plus some math with pepperonis
- Quiet time
- Storyline online books
- Daily mile – bike/walk/scooter + a little nature hike
- Free play + dinner prep
- Outside time
This is a flexible schedule that’s working well for us so far. Add your own categories to make it work for you. If you decide to use it, you can prompt your kids to help them choose the activity for each category:
- Learning – Ask them if they want to learn about a certain animal or person, how something works, do a science experiment, learn a new skill, etc
- Movement – They could make up their own workout, do Cosmic Kids Yoga, play a sport, build an obstacle course, go on a scavenger hunt or hike, play Simon says…anything to get their body moving
- Art – Let them choose the art medium: paint, markers, crayons, watch a video to help them learn to draw something, help them illustrate their own story, make a collage, do a craft, etc
- Cooking – Have your kids help you prep food for the week, prep food for dinner or help you make dinner, make their own lunch or breakfast, bake something, invent their own recipe…
- Reading – Read a book, listen to a bok at Storyline Online, listen to an audiobook. After reading or listening, ask them to summarize what happened or ask a few questions to check their comprehension.
- Building– Encourage them to use their imagination and create something using legos, Magnatiles, blocks, items from the recycling bin, playdough etc
- Daily: Things we do every day- quiet time and free play, plus walk a mile (weather permitting)
If things come up during the day that you want to learn about the next day, fill them in before bed! During our day today we talked about woodpeckers on our nature walk and freckles & moles at dinner so we wrote them both down to investigate more tomorrow!
You can download your own copy of this Pre-Kindergarten Daily Schedule here!
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I love this! My biggest challenge is keeping my 1 year old and my 3 year old busy at the same time. For example, if we were to do an art project, my one year old just wants to grab everything and throw it or eat it.
i feel ya! I try to keep my big kids up at the counter and my younger down to let him roam and make a mess.
Love — the categories allow for plenty of flexibility and creativity, but also help structure the day! Thanks for sharing this. <3
yes! that’s what i was going for!
Stefanie Mowery says
Thank you – such a huge help!
Wonderful for you to share such amazing tips. Feel like I learned Much! Namaste_/|\_