Everyone talks about adding a morning time to your homeschool day. A morning time where you and the children gather together for poetry, memorization, music, and great literature. If you add it calendar work and finger songs, it sounds like circle time…. which is so preschool.
The Point of Morning Time
Morning time is a time when the family gathers together before everyone separates into their personal schoolwork. It’s a time for shared learning, shared discussion, and shared fun.
The mornings aren’t just a time to rush through breakfast so kids can start on schoolwork and get it done. It’s a time to appreciate come together. Come together to sing, listen, and enjoy each others company.
Clear Starting Time
Morning time doesn’t just give us a time to gather the family together. It gives a gentle yet clear division between play hours and schooling hours.
Whatever the children were doing, they know when the call for morning time comes, it’s time to stop playing. It’s time to leave the dolls, trains, and dinosaurs and gather at the table to begin the school day.
There are several important subjects for a classical education that tend to be skipped in the busyness of everyday life. We skip poetry reading to finish that math lesson. Great literature is skipped in favor of another phonics lesson or essay. Music is never turned on so the house can be silent for optimal studying.
When are we going to read poetry or listen to great literature together? When is a good time to sit, listen to music, and study paintings?
Sure we can assign it to the kids, but they have a tendency to rush through subjects. After all they have their own plans for the day. Plans which include building cities of Legos, climbing trees, and skipping rope.
The best way to cover these important subjects is morning time. A time when we make the time to appreciate the beauty of words in poetry readings and great literature. A time when we enjoy music and art. A time we enjoy coming together to learn in unison.
Beauty, Wisdom, Virtue
These subjects of literature, poetry reading, music, and art are some of the best ways to teach our children the real aims of classical education.
The kids are introduced to beauty, wisdom, and virtue through these important subjects. They listen to the choices characters must make. They learn timeless truths about honor, right and wrong, and choices.
Kids slowly learn to appreciate what is good and beautiful through morning time. It takes time to learn this critical skill. Time that is easily squandered chasing the urgent tasks of today, rather than the vital task of tomorrow.
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?