Children gather around the kitchen table carefully studying and sketching the daisy lying in the middle of the table while you read to the kids from the Handbook of Nature Study. Everyone is rapt with interest.
We all dream of having our children rapt with interest while homeschooling, but how do we get there?
3 Benefits of Morning Time
Family Study Time Together
As our children age, grow, and mature they become independent learners. The kids even finish their assignments without complaint!
Teenagers have their own subjects they’re fascinated by. They quickly jump on the computer to work on another programming lesson. The kids grab the camera to take a few more shots. They curl up with Jane Eyre to find out what her dreadful aunt is going to do to Jane today.
As time goes on, the kids seem to be growing apart in their studies.
Morning time gives you a chance to step back into family study time together without interfering with the beloved subjects of the teens. As a family you can study nature, listen to Shakespeare, and memorize poetry.
Great literature can be read aloud and discussed. Great men and women of history can be compared, analyzed, and studied. You’re able to enjoy a few minutes of family study time together every day.
Chance to Study those Subjects Easily Dropped
Let’s face it; there’s only so much time in the day. Often in our haste to cover the essentials we end up dropping much of the beauty from homeschooling.
Art, music, nature study, and poetry aren’t quite as critical in the press of daily life and reading, writing, and arithmetic. Perhaps they’re not as critical.
But in a well-run classical homeschool, we’re not focusing just on the essentials to get through daily life. We’re also wanting to educate our children with an eye towards beauty and liturgy and wonder and curiosity. There’s more to life than just the daily grind of chores and to-do lists.
Morning time gives us a chance to add the beauty back into the homeschool day. There’s time to spend a few minutes reading Shakespeare and poetry. You have time to study nature, and to enjoy great art and beautiful music as a family.
Gentle, Quiet, Ritual Start
Morning time also gives the homeschool a beautiful and gentle start to the day. The family gathers together. Beautiful music is playing in the background. Perhaps a lit candle is flickering on the table.
Everyone enjoys a cup of peppermint tea while listening to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. A few minutes is spent reviewing and memorizing poetry. There’s laughter and jokes. An art project finishes off morning time before everyone separates to begin their independent studies.
Morning time is a gorgeous way for the family to begin the homeschool day, enjoying beauty together.
Plan Your Perfect Morning Time
The best way to plan your perfect morning time is to begin by reading these posts on implementing it in your homeschool. You’ll have time to study subjects which tend to get missed in the rush of daily life.
- 5 Tips to Getting Started with Morning Time
- 8 Tips for a Peaceful Morning Time
- 7 Terrific Tips to Fit Morning Time into Your Day
- Our Start the Day Together Basket
- Morning Meeting with an Only Child
- Morning Time and How It Can Change Your Homeschool
Your Morning Time Basket
If you’re looking for a touch more guidance, Pam Barnhill has a marvelous guide to planning a beautiful gathering time for your own family. It’s Your Morning Time Basket. There’s a step-by-step guide to get you started and 6 snapshots into various families morning times. After all everyone puts their own personal stamp onto morning time.
Planning forms, a video tour of Pam’s Morning Time Binder, and even a 6 week email video course are provided to help you plan and implement the perfect morning time for your family.
You’re not left struggling by yourself trying to put everything together. The private facebook community is available so you have a place to go to ask questions and get the answers you need.
Pick up Your Morning Time Basket today and give your family a beautiful start to your daily homeschool routine.
Don’t miss the other posts in the 31 Days to a Well-Run Homeschool!