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I have always been a planner. I love making lists (either on paper or in my head) of things that need done. But lately I have been really winging it when it came to our days at home with Ellie. Now that she is officially a toddler, I wanted to set up a better routine. So today I am sharing our daily tot-school schedule and routine.
Ironically, this week when I came up with this routine and planned on posting about it, we did not stick with it hardly at all. Sunday night the internet went out at our house. And so went all of my to-do lists for the blog and projects that I work on while Ellie is sleeping.
So my point in this story is that you could have the best laid plans in place. Expect them to not get followed exactly.
This routine is just a guideline for us. A rough draft of the day as it were. It gives me an idea of what to plan for. To be more intentional about our time together. She is growing up so fast. I can hardly believe 2 is upon is and she is officially a toddler.
So without further ado, here is our very rough, drawn in the sand daily routine for tot school and toddler learning.
Our Tot School Schedule
7 am – mommy gets up, gets a shower, personal worship time, exercise, plan the day
8 am – Ellie gets up, pick out her clothes, eat breakfast and have worship with mommy.
9 am – Mommy watches her morning tv show (Kelly & Michael), morning free time, chores, clean up breakfast.
10 am – Montessori activity introduction or possible outside time depending on weather
Tuesday/Thursday – Possible tumbling class, so get ready to leave
Wednesday – Library story time at 10:30am, get ready to leave
11:00-11:30 am – Lunch (on tumbling class day, lunch in the car)
12:00-2:00pm – Quiet time for Ellie upstairs with books and stuffed animals (hoping for some naps), mommy work time.
2:00pm – Snack
3:00pm – Craft time or Montessori lesson introduction if we were gone that morning
4:00pm – Free time, reading, outside, spend time with daddy
5:00pm – Supper
6:00pm – Free time
2nd and 4th Wednesdays we have club meetings at church with I lead out in from 6:15-7:30pm.
8:00 pm – Bedtime (7:00pm if no nap that afternoon) and mommy work time
Again, this is going to be very loose and fluid. Things will move around and change as they need to.
In all honesty, this “schedule” is more for me than anything. I was starting to feel like a “lazy mom”, barely going through the motions of the day. I needed a plan and some purpose for each day. So hoping this will help me to do that.
I am using the preschool planning pages from the Weekly Homeschool Planner to keep me organized. There is a section to write your routine in. Also a calendar that you can fill in the dates and activities for each day.
On the daily routine page there are blank boxes that I am using to write the activities ideas in. And also listing the shopping lists for each activity. Then when I go to the store, I can look ahead at the list and see what I need to purchase or see what I already have.
I also shared our tot school activity resource list here. I am excited for all the little projects and ideas I have come up with and so I shared all the great resources we will be using over the year.
I hope this gives you an idea of what you can do with your toddler at home. Tot-school is definitely not anything formal, but I think having a basic routine is great for any toddler (and mom!).
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Cheri Gamble says
I love seeing how other people organize their day. Thanks for sharing!
Heather Greutman says
Thanks Cheri! Hopefully I can stick with it, haha. We are doing pretty well today with it.
Looks like a nice, relaxed day! I am amazed to read all these kids sleep in until 8! We’ve never had that here!
Heather Greutman says
I am SO thankful she sleeps in that late, haha. But most of the time she is not napping anymore which is probably why. Thanks for coming by today!
You’re so right that a routine is good for mama to get up and make something of the day, otherwise it’s easy to just let the hours slip by. Do you know I have that planner you mention, but when I got it, I just passed over the preschool section. I need to go back and take a look. Thanks!
Theres Just One Mommy says
Definitely understand the need for a routine of some type! I got a bit lazy myself this summer… And I noticed that if I didn’t plan anything eventually we’d have more drama between the kids than I ‘d like.
We started school this week and the routine just feels right.
So thankful I found your blog. My daughter is almost 3 and we just pulled kids out of daycare. I am getting some great ideas from you. Thank you.
Heather Greutman says
Awesome! So glad you found me too. I have another post going up on Monday with all our tot school activity ideas we will be using this year!
My son is 3and a-half and he still naps. Instead of watching any morning shows, we read newspapers, magazines etc around him while is either watch PBS or learns on IPad app’s. Our routine consist breakfast, learning time, playtime or trip the park, museum, library, Barnes and nobles and visits to grandmas. Nap time (always read story before nap and bedtime) then lunch, more play, crafts or baking. Dinner and cleanup time, bath routine, snack and milk, story time and Zzzzzz. We only change routines on Fridays and Saturday’s or special occasions. Mom or Dad time is only during naps or after his bedtime. Then we catch up on any shows or movies. 🙂
Doreen Tapper says
My tot is now nearly 16 years old and I followed a similar schedule when he was little. Children thrive on routine. He understands today the importance of organizing his own time. By keeping to a routine we can enjoy our time! Those early years do go by quickly. Thank you for posting
Our schedule is almost the same for my 2 year old like right down to the same times for napping. It works really nicely for us right now, even with a 6 month old who has basically no schedule belly crawling around. I know what you mean about feeling like “lazy mom.” I have to be very purposeful and act with intent to avoid falling into bad habits. We try to do art or other fun activity like cookie making or playdoh playing once a day , usually after dinner. Until I set that goal, it really didn’t happen all that much. I try not to think of it as being lazy though, it just the kind of “head in the clouds/doesn’t think to pull out the markers and construction paper mom.”