Do you ever find morning time to be chaotic with kids bouncing off the walls? It’s normal. Kids are energetic and ready to play in the morning. However with a bit of planning, you too can have a peaceful morning time!
Tips for a Peaceful Morning Time
1. Paper and Crayons
Pull out the paper and crayons for your children. Encourage them to color pictures, create designs, illustrate scenes from books. Keeping the hands occupied keeps the kids sitting quietly at the table.
You don’t need to limit the supplies to paper and crayons. Pull out water colors, chalk pastels, colored pencils, and markers. Change out the art supplies every week to keep the kids interested.
2. Make Morning Time Pleasant
Make morning time pleasant with a peaceful atmosphere. Turn on quiet, soothing music. Speak softly. Find a sunny spot in the house.
Encourage the kids to relax and enjoy morning time by staying calm. Don’t act like a drill sergeant, instead pretend to be Merry Poppins.
3. Breakfast, tea, cookies, coffee
Put breakfast, tea, or cookies on the table. Kids, especially teenage boys, always love to eat. Eating also occupies the hands and the mouths.
We’ve often enjoyed holding our ‘morning time’ over lunch. The kids eat and then pull out the art supplies. I read aloud from our books. Eating does make recitation difficult though.
4. Make It Fun
Kids behave better for activities they find fun. Add games and humor to your morning. Memorize funny poems. Challenge the kids to a spelling bee.
Keep morning time fun and the kids will be enthusiastic. In my house enthusiastic kids make everything easier.
5. Choose books carefully
Choose the books you read carefully. Reading for hours on a treatise about the development of Latin over the centuries may fascinate some, but it won’t keep the kids quiet in their seats for long.
Look for books you love, lively books, books with humor. Find books everyone enjoys for a peaceful morning time.
Puzzles keep the fingers busy while allowing children to listen to read alouds or discussions. Put a pile of puzzles on the table and encourage the kids to pick one to work on each morning.
If a child wishes to begin a large, 500 piece puzzle, put it on a large board. You can store it on a shelf to pull out each morning.
7. Keep Morning Time Short
Let’s face it. Kids have short attention spans. Keeping morning time short and sweet helps to keep things peaceful. You’re moving on to the next subject before kids get bored. Letting kids go before they get wiggly.
Remember that kids only have so much sit down time in them before they need to head outside to run around.
8. Encourage Kids to Play Outside First
Send the kids to run around outside before morning time. Let them play, swing, chase bugs, and explore. Chase the kids around the yard.
Moving the blood in the legs helps the brain to think. And they’ll actually be able to sit for a few minutes.
Bonus: 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 time? Pam has many, many tips on how to bring a peaceful morning time ritual into 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.
What’s your favorite tip for a peaceful morning time?