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Issue #36 - Morning Basket Time and Free Shipping!
From Laura's Desk
Happy Saturday! In our neck of the woods it is an absolutely gorgeous day: sunny and mid seventies with a nice breeze. While I know it isn't that way all over the country, I hope you are able to enjoy your weekend anyway!
This week I wanted to talk to you about morning time or morning basket time. This is something I did in a casual way throughout our homeschooling years. Maybe it was casual because it didn't have a formal name :) but now it does and it seems to be sweeping the homeschooling community.
In case you don't know, morning basket time is a time in the morning (ok, I know I'm being Capt. Obvious here) where you and your kids gather to do certain subjects or fun learning things all together. A big thing to do during this time is to read aloud a book to your kids. You can also study poetry, learn Bible verses, do art and music appreciation, etc. Really the list is endless.
This, of course, can make planning your morning time a bit
overwhelming. Like anything, I always get so excited about all of the possibilities that I tend to OVER plan things, which then causes things to drag out too long and the kids get bored. The key to morning time, I think, is to include fun things to learn and keep it just long enough to keep your kids' attention. Of course, this length of time is going to vary by age, temperament and mix of kids. In other words, it is going to look different for every family!
I recently had the chance to meet Pam Barnhill while in San Antonio. We were both speaking at the homeschool conference there, and I got to hear her talk about morning basket. It was fascinating.
Since then, I've obtained her materials and I am very impressed. She lays out everything you could possibly need to plan a successful morning basket for your family. You get forms to use, examples of what others have done, lists of resources you could use, a Facebook group to join and a 6 week email
course to help you.
If you're interested in getting going on a Morning Basket time (and I really think you should be!),
you'll definitely want to check it out!
I also wanted to let you know that I've added FREE SHIPPING to my book "A Plan for Joy in the Home". I don't know if you can really "add" something that you're taking away, but I hope you get what I'm after here.
SAVINGS - that's what I'm after for you! With the second edition out now, I thought it was time to go for the free shipping option and I hope you'll agree with me.
Check out the book that will make this year your best year ever and then share this with a friend so they can
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Have a great weekend!
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