Morning Time is the backbone of our homeschool day. The kids and I gather around the breakfast table (I’ve usually eaten beforehand) and accomplish the majority of our formal schooling time first thing. This way we are able to get to the important stuff that often tends to fall by the wayside when life gets busy. The kids eat while I read, which helps them to focus on listening. This spring, our morning basket looks like this:
Religion and Poetry:
This illustrated, simplified version of the New Testament is definitely geared more toward the younger kiddos. Elijah (2) loves it and often it’s the only portion of Morning Time that he’s quiet for. Ethan (7) gains a lot from hearing these stories in a simplified way. It’s a little young for Ellie, but we read directly from the scriptures each evening as a family (minus the toddler) and that time is geared mostly toward her.
This beloved volume will probably always be included in our Morning Time routine. I read aloud a poem or two or three depending on the length of the kids’ attentions spans that day. We don’t delve too deeply into a discussion, but I do often point out particular lines I loved and the big kids comment if something stood out to them. We talk about any symbolism or wording that may have been confusing but overall this time is just to expose my children’s ears to beautiful words.
I have a few activities for my toddler to enjoy during morning time (including bribery/mouth quieting with popsicles as needed), but he generally ends up getting too loud toward then end so we send him off to play happily in his room while we finish up.
Generally morning time lasts 45 minutes-one hour. We spend a few minutes on each subject, with the history read aloud taking the longest, and then clean up and move on to chores and independent studies (math, reading/spelling/phonics/writing, and homework for co-op classes). We do Morning Time every weekday (except usually the days we have co-op. I just can’t manage to fit it in those days) pretty much year round. It works so well for our family and is something that keeps my sanity in check as a busy homeschool Mama.