We know that a morning time creates a beautiful start to the day. Listening to music, enjoying poetry, and quietly reading great literature during morning time together gathers the family closer together.
But getting started with morning time is hard. We have to fight the inertia of new habits. Kids don’t want to leave their games, toys, and books to join us at the table. So just how do we begin a morning time routine?
Getting Started With Morning Time
1. Start Small
First we need to start small. Don’t plan a three hour morning time right off the bat. The kids will never sit still that long. Instead begin with something small, but something important to you.
This could be a prayer or poem to memorize. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to start the day by reading a chapter out of The Hobbit. Maybe picture study has been nagging you for several months now.
Choose one thing to begin, and do it every morning.
2. Use a Signal to Begin
I’ve heard of families using signals to signify that morning time is about to begin. Bells, alarms, or music can be used. There’s always the old standby of calling for the kids to meet you in the kitchen.
Using a bell or music to let children know it’s time for morning time creates a sense of ritual. It becomes a beautiful part of the day, not just mom racing around the house nagging everyone to come to the kitchen.
3. Have a Plan
Nothing is worse than collecting the kids and herding them to the table just to realize you have no idea what to do. Have you ever done that? I certainly have! I end up trying to ad lib morning time while the kids get more and more restless.
My advice, don’t try to ad lib morning time. Have a plan for what you’d like to do and stick with it. Otherwise you’ll end up with a cheerful riot on your hands.
4. Keep Supplies in a Basket
Keep all your morning time supplies in a basket. Put your morning time binder in there, any books you’re reading, the bell or music CD you’re using the call children to the table, art supplies, or coloring sheets.
You won’t be needing to search the house in an effort to find that book, the memory list, or those crayons you needed to keep little ones quiet at the table.
5. Use Your Morning Basket
Pam at Ed Snapshots has created a guide to morning time. A guide which answers all your questions on how to start and run a morning time.
Are you struggling with what subjects to bring to your morning time? Pam has recommendations! What about how long should it take, or how to do morning time with a toddler running around the house? Pam also discusses both of these questions as well.
Your Morning Basket includes the guidance you need to begin a beautiful morning time for your family. A gentle ritual to start the day. A space for all the necessary extras that turn a homeschool from dull to sparkling.
What is your favorite way to signal the start of morning time?