Are you beginning a home school parents day out program? Are you wanting to come up with a schedule and activity ideas? Just wondering what a typical day in a home school parent’s day out program should be?
A home school parent’s day out program is usually just offered for one day a week for each child. However, you could work several days a week if you have different groups. (Be sure to check with child care licensing laws if you have several groups.)
A parent’s day out program should provide educational activities, but parents need to understand that the purpose is for baby-sitting, not for teaching. (They are the home educators, after all.)
Below is a sample schedule for a home school parents day out program. This schedule is primarily for the Kindergarten to 2nd grade age group. (If you are running the business from your home or church building, it is best to separate age groups. If you are the sole teacher, you could offer K-2nd on one day, and 3rd-6th on another day.)
While this is more for the K-2nd grade age group, some of the activities could also be used in a schedule for older children.
8:30 – 9:00: Parents Drop Off / Centers Time
From 8:30 to 9:00, parents can drop off their children, and the students can participate in fun activity centers. One center could simply be a table of play-doh with various play-doh tools. Another station could be puzzles. A third station could be a magnet center, and a forth could be a coloring station.
9:00 – 9:20: Circle Time and Singing
At this time, the students and teacher gather together for circle time. If you are a Christian-based program, you can sing songs such as “The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock” and “This Little Light of Mine.” If you are not Christian based (or even if you are), you can sing other kid’s songs such as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” Check out 10 Fun Circle Time Songs and Circle Time Songs for some ideas.
You can also get some ideas by reading “Preschool Circle Time Activities to Do Everyday”. (You can adapt the activities for older children.) Create your own circle time activities according to your interests and what you are best at.
One circle time activity to be would be to discuss a news story (a non violent one, of course). Another would be to have each children share something they learned yesterday. You could also have the children bring photos of their pets to discuss to the class, etc. You could have a “random question” to ask the group at each circle time, such as “What is your favorite color?” and “If you were to be an animal, what kind would you be?” Circle time will vary each day.
9:20 – 9:35: Storytime
The morning is not be complete without story time. On some days, you could allow the 2nd graders to read the stories to the younger children. Try to choose age appropriate and educational books.
9:35 : Bathroom Break
9:40 – 10:10: Recess
Weather permitting, recess is an excellent activity for your program. You could have some structured activities such as parachute games, etc. Or, it could just be free play time. If you are running it out of your home and don’t have much of a backyard, you could still try to have fun outdoor games, if possible.
10:10 – 10:40: Science Activity
As stated earlier, the parents provide the children’s education the rest of the week. However, you can also provide fun and educational activities if you choose. Science activities are always great because they seem to spark the most interest in children. Obviously it will be taught at more of a kindergarten student’s level, however the 2nd graders will benefit as well.
If you need some ideas, consider teaching about the 5 Senses. Read “Free Sense of Smell Lesson Plan” and “Free Sense of Touch Lesson Plan” for more insight.
10:40 to 11:10: Social Studies Activity
During this time, you can present a fun lesson on history, geography, government, etc. It could be a simple as reading a non-fiction book about China. You could also show an educational film.
11:10 – 11:40: Board Games / Station Activities
At this time, the kids can play board games such as Chutes and Ladders. They could also have the option to do station activities, as discussed above.
11:40 -11:45: Wash Hands and Get Ready for Lunch
The kids will wash their hands and prepare for lunch.
11:45 – 12:15: Lunchtime
Each child will eat a lunch that their parent has packed for them.
12:15 – 12:45: 2nd Recess
After lunch is a perfect time for a second recess.
12:45 – 1:30: Schoolwork Time
Each parent will send their child with some school work / reading material to work on during this time. You will be there to assist each child as you are able to.
1:30 – 2:00: Craft
Craft time might be the most enjoyed activity at your parent’s day out program. The kids can make gifts for their parents, and it might give their creativity a boost.
2:00 to 2:15: 2nd Story time
An afternoon story time is great at around 2:00.
2:15 – 2:30: 3rd Recess / Parents Pick Up
From 2:15 – 2:30 parents will pick up their children outside at the playground, permitted there is one. If not, you can do an indoor activity inside.
This is just a sample schedule, that you can of course modify to your personality and the group. A parent’s day out program for home schooled children will allow kids to have one day a week where they socialize with other children, and can give the parents a much-needed break.
If you are needing advice on where to advertise a Parents Day Out program for home schooled children, please read, “Where to Advertise a Parents Day Out Program for Homeschooled Children.”
You might also get some advice off of child care message boards. Read “Online Support Forums for Home Child Care Providers” for some links. You might also find lesson plan advice on teacher forums. Take a look at “Forums for Teachers: Online Teacher Support Groups” for some suggestions.
Happy Learning, Playing and Growing!