Homeschooling, at least in Arizona, doesn’t legally start until six years of age. After which, a parent must file an affidavit of intent with their local school district, letting them know that they wish to homeschool. However, it’s become the norm to refer to children of the ages 3-5 as preschoolers. While my eldest son is almost three, I recently decided to add in the morning calendar routine to our mornings.
The morning calendar routine was introduced to me by Susie Allison of Busy Toddler. It’s a great way to start the day with my toddler!
What do you need for the Morning Calendar Routine?
The morning calendar routine is a three minute way to start the day with your toddler. I purchased a toddler calendar from Melissa and Doug, but you can certainly use your own calendar in the family room.
First, we talk about the date. Then I sing the “Months of the Year” song. Then we discuss the days of the week, followed by the “Days of the Week Song.” My toddler is already starting to parrot that, which is promising.
Next, we discuss the weather, important events & holidays, and how we feel that day. Check it out in action below:
The Daily Calendar Routine
@intentionalazmom Routine provided by @busytoddler ☺️ My toddlers love learning the months & days of the week in the morning. This also provides a rhythm to starting our morning, as well. Mamas, trust yourselves. There is a lot our children can learn from us! #dailyrhythm #toddlersoftiktok #busytoddler #preschoolmom #preschoolathome #homeschoolpreschooler #homeschoolmom ♬ original sound – Cherish | Intentional AZ mom
Save the following graphic so you can try out the Daily Calendar Routine with your toddler!
The Morning Calendar Routine Helps Set the Rhythm for the Day
There are several benefits to integrating the morning calendar routine into your morning routine. The first is of course, speech development. However, it also helps set the tone for the day. You just discussed what your toddler might expect for the rest of the day! For example, in the video I shared, we talked about the dog’s birthday and how it was very cold so we would have to be patient to go to the park. This can (hopefully) lead to less meltdowns through the day (or one can hope!)