Morning Time
A Great Way to Start Your School Day

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Morning time, or morning basket as it is also known, is a great way to gather all of your kids together and start the day off doing things as a group.  I've done this on and off over the years (before it had a formal name!), and it is a nice way to work with all of the kids together and to cover subjects that don't always get the coverage they deserve.

Here's how it works:  plan out ahead of time what it is you want to cover during this time, set aside the amount of time that you think will work for your crew, assemble all of the books and resources and keep them together in a basket or bin of your choice, have fun each day!

Okay, so that's the simplified version.  It does take a bit of pre-planning so that you don't end up wasting that time trying to decide what to do.  If you plan ahead, you'll also be able to cover quite a bit of information over the course of the year.

You can cover material together in religion, science, geography, history, art and music to name a few.  You can read a book out loud, learn poetry and work on memory verses.

If you do Catholic Schoolhouse or Classically Catholic Memory, this is a great time to go over the timeline cards and the memory verses.

If this seems a bit overwhelming for you, you can always call on others to help you.  Pam Barnhill is one of those people.  Her program, Morning Basket, is very thorough and will walk you through this process so that it all falls together easily.

On top of that, you'll have access to a Morning Basket email course and Facebook group where there are tons of ideas and people waiting to help you.

Is Morning Time for You?

I'd say yes, especially if you are just starting out.  This is a great way to cover some fun topics with your kindergarten and pre-school kids without burdening them with a lot of paperwork, especially if they want to learn but don't seem ready for book work.

If you have older kids, you can still implement this because, as you know if you've been doing this for awhile, there is always material that you just never seem to cover but have always wanted to.  This would be the perfect time for that.

And I don't know about your kids, but no matter how old my kids are, they still enjoy a good read aloud.  Pick out some classics and get down to work!

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