I think we’ve all seen the pictures of children gathered around the table studying a flower during morning time. The kids are alert, taking notes, and absorbed by their studies. We want our own children to be these eager students but how do we get there?
Morning time is your answer!
But What In the World Is Morning Time?
Morning time is a phrase for a group gathering time for the family. You could always use is circle time, however circle time sounds like preschool. Have you tried convincing your teenagers to sit down for circle time? It isn’t going to happen!
Since most families, especially the families who first began writing about this early morning liturgy, sat down first thing in the morning, this group gathering time became quickly became known as morning time.
During this table time you sit down and cover various subjects as a family. Some families prefer to keep to just a couple subjects each morning. Other families have a beautiful routine which takes up most of the morning. It’s really up to you and your children which method works best for you.
Why Should You Use Morning Time in Your Homeschool?
Have you noticed that certain subjects are skipped constantly? Often poetry memorization, art, music appreciation are the first to hit the chopping block.
But these are the subjects which add beauty to the homeschool. They teach children there’s value to beauty, not just what’s utilitarian.Morning time keeps the family on the same page. Click To Tweet
As kids get older, they become more independent. Soon they’re doing all of their studies by themselves. Morning time gives the family a gathering point. A time to learn together. A time to enjoy the finer things in life together.
Sample Subjects and Resources to Use During Morning Time
Almost any subject can be studied during morning time.
Read aloud great literature at the table. You’ll be able to read harder material than your children are able to read for themselves. As you read you can discuss characters, plot, setting, and foretelling. Try reading great literature such as The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, A Christmas Carol, or Little House in the Big Woods with your kids.
Discuss writing assignments together. Chat about writing stories, essays, or biographies. Have your children journal for a few minutes every morning at the table or simply complete a few lines of copywork.Do math and grammar during morning time. Click To Tweet
Often families pass out math fact sheets or grammar drill sheets to be completed. Usually these only take a couple of minutes for the children to complete. If your kids are close in age, you can all use the same sheets. If your children’s ages are widespread, then use age appropriate sheets.
Latin phrases can be memorized or even Latin studied. Memoria Press has a lovely Latin Song curriculum titled Lingua Angelica which is perfect for morning time studies.
Science can be studied through nature studies or Marci’s Backyard Science. It’s easy to bring a bit of nature inside to study in the warmth of your home. Encourage the kids to sketch and notebook about what they’re studying.
Art is wonderful to add into the morning. Pull out art supplies or use an art program such as Hodge Podge’s Chalk Pastel tutorials.
Music appreciation through a program such as Squilt. Squilt makes music appreciation easy! It may be a touch young for high school teens, but the process of silent and active listening works at any age.
How to Start Morning Time
The best way to start a morning time liturgy for your own family is to keep it short and sweet. The long, detailed routines of other families may be where you’d love to end up. But start by creating the habit of sitting down first thing in the morning with a short routine.
Read a chapter of your favorite read aloud. Pull out chalk pastels so the kids do a bit of artwork while you read. Listen to good music, recite and memorize poetry. The options are yours.
Start with 3 things you find most important. For instance music appreciation tends to get skipped in my house. That’s a good one for our morning time routine. Math virtually never gets skipped. So it’s not on my priority list for morning time.
So choose a few subjects to start and go from there. Remember that you can also alternate subjects throughout the week. You don’t have to complete memorization, grammar, and science every single day.
Try rotating between history, nature study, music appreciation, and picture study throughout the week.
Plan Your Morning Time with Your Morning Basket
Pam at Ed Snapshots has created a lovely guide to morning time. A guide which answers all your questions on how to start and run a morning time.
Trying to create a peaceful morning ritual? Pam has many, many tips on how to bring this peaceful ritual in your homeschool!
Your Morning Basket includes the guidance you need to begin a beautiful morning time for your family, start the day with a gentle ritual, and a space for all the necessary extras that turn a homeschool from dull to sparkling.
Make Morning Time Pleasant
Make your gathering time a favorite time of the day for your children. Begin by starting beautiful music or ringing a bell. Light a candle, say a prayer, and sing together.
Lay out hot chocolate, tea, or cookies as you begin. Dim the lights or pull out art supplies. The goal is to make morning time as pleasant as possible.
Make it a special time of the day.
No, morning time doesn’t HAVE to be in the morning
Just because we always refer to morning time as morning time, it’s just a name, doesn’t mean YOU have to do it in the morning. Did that even make sense?
If your family naturally gathers together in the evenings after dinner, enjoy morning time, group time, special time, or whatever you want to call it, at that point in the day. Light a candle, read good books, enjoy poetry and artwork. Have long discussions about what you’re studying in history. Spend time together pursuing educational pursuits, not for the vocational value, but simply to enjoy learning together.
Discover has value together.
Learn more about morning time:
Here are some wonderful articles on morning time from around the web.
- What’s in Your Morning Time Basket?
- Morning Time and How It Can Change Your Homeschool
- Simple Morning Time Plans
- Morning Time – A Liturgy of Love
- The Morning Basket: A Place for the Good, True, & Beautiful
Have you started a morning time routine for your family?