In my many years as a mama.
(Okay, only two and a half)
I have learned the value of having a schedule. I mean, it’s essential to every mama’s sanity.
(2015 update: Check out our Baby/Toddler/Preschooler schedule)
I have tinkered with a few different schedules over the last few months and I have found one that just works for us.
Truth be told, the kids kinda came up with this schedule. They are the ones that told me (indirectly through crankiness) that 1-3 is the best time for their nap. Any later and they don’t go to sleep at night, any earlier and they only sleep for about 30 minutes.
Also, this year, I am hitting the homeschooling hard. Which means, that I needed to find a time to put it in our daily schedule.
Toddler and Preschooler Daily Schedule
There are a few things you might notice with our schedule:
We have a lot of independent and free time. The kids love to play together. They love to grab anything of interest to them that day and just sit for a while playing. (I know, I am incredibly blessed that they do this.)
There is also blanket time on the schedule. This has become something the kids look forward to, as well as mama. I will write a post about this soon, but basically, it is a way to train the kids to sit still for certain periods of time. It is fantastic!
Feel free to print off the schedule and use it for yourself (click here or the above picture for the printable), or you can easily adapt it to fit your needs (maybe you only have a toddler or only have a preschooler). Be looking this summer for a NEW schedule with three kiddos! A preschooler, a toddler and a newborn. Whew!
Do you use a schedule in your house? Have you found it to be helpful?
For more ideas on scheduling with littles, check out this book by my friend, Rachel Norman.
Don’t miss out on this cleaning schedule that I use during the day/week to keep me on track!