Too Early to Homeschool? Never!

Do you know that 80% of a child's brain is developed by age 3? That number jumps to 90% by age 5 when a child typically starts school.

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Early Homeschool shape sorting
Sorting shapes is great for hand-eye coordination, problem-solving, cause/effect, and object permanence!

Have you ever considered early childhood “homeschool”? Do you know that 80% of a child’s brain is developed by age 3? That number jumps to 90% by age 5 when a child typically starts school. As a result, by the time your child begins “formal” education their brain is almost completely finished developing. We are firm believers in the school of “living is learning” here in the Rhodes household. You can and should take advantage of this prime learning time.  Teach your child while they are at their most receptive.

Now, I’m not saying that you need to wake up your one year old at 6 AM to begin “homeschooling” them.  Rather, take advantage of that brain development and teach them as much as possible.  Take your baby outside and show them the sky, trees, critters, colors, and so much more.  Teach them their body parts, repeat things to them, let them explore.

Early Homeschool through pretend play
Playing with a farm encourages language development, pretend play, imitating animal sounds, and more!

Let me walk you through a typical day in our “homeschool” lives…

7:00 – 7:30 Wake Up (usually his older brothers wake him up on their way out to school)

7:30 – 9:00 Snuggle/Cuddle/Play Time

9:00 – 9:30 Breakfast

9:30 – 10:00 Get Dressed and Brush Teeth

10:00 – 11:00 Learning time in room reading books, sorting shapes, coloring, etc.

11:00 – 12:00 Outside play time, look at plants, clouds, animals, playground, etc.  We go outside 90% of the time even if it’s cold or raining.  We limit play to the porch when the weather is bad.

Early Homeschool lunch break
Lunch time is a nice break and a chance to fill our bellies!

12:00 – 12:30 Lunch

12:30 – 2:00 Nap Time

2:00 – 3:30 Snack/Free Play Time

3:30 – 5:30 Older brothers come home and they play together until dinner. (Especially helpful for mom so that I can prepare dinner!)

5:30 – 6:30 Dinner

6:30 – 7:30 Family Time

7:30 – 8:00 Bath/PJ’s/Brush Teeth/Story Time/Bedtime

So, you can see from our “schedule” that things are fairly go with the flow.  We try to keep a rough schedule going because it keeps us all entertained and focused.  We are pretty relaxed when it comes to our day to day basis and even more so on the weekends.  Over time things will become more structured until he reaches school age when we will evaluate our next steps.

Early Homeschool through outdoor play
Outdoor play allows them to explore their environment, develop muscle strength and coordination, and gain self-confidence.

Always keep in mind that all children develop at different rates and what works for my child may not work for yours.  Also, it might!  Just try new things until you figure out what fits your family best.

I would love to know, what are some of your favorite “homeschool” activities to do with your toddler?  We are always looking for new things to try!  One of our all time favorite ways to get our little one outdoors is by camping!

18 COMMENTS

  1. The brain is truly an amazing thing! I love watching my little one learn and grow so rapidly. ❤️ I guess I homeschool him…just never thought to call it that!

  2. I only wish I could be this organized! We definitely did not have a schedule when my daughter was little, other than bedtime, but I wish I had instituted one.

  3. I love this! You can definitely actively foster your child’s learning and development at a really young age. Casually, yet proactively. Great ideas here! We homeschool our kids, who are a little older, but our favorite activities have to be reading and anything involving the outdoors and exploring together.

  4. This is Great! Education and learning starts as soon as they are out of the womb, and it is important time to reach them easy tasks.

  5. I don’t have kids, but I think this is really informative for those who do and have been trying to decide if they want to home school their kids or not. It’s an important decision to make for families.

  6. You guys have a great schedule! I am at home with my 3-year-old and we typically are outside 3-4 times a day. I have found that structure is so important for kiddos at this age. Thanks for your thoughts! 🙂

  7. We homeschool and we’re not super structured, but having a schedule like this can be very helpful. Much of my “teaching” time goes into the older kids so this was a good reminder to encourage my littles to have some “school” too! They do learn a ton by living alongside their older siblings, but learning time on their level is important too. Thanks!

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