An Easy Morning Time Schedule to Follow
I don’t know about you, but my family is still working out the kinks in our morning time schedule.
The year began with group time occurring over lunch. Lunch is an awesome gathering point, but it became difficult to drag kids away from their math.
“Just one more problem, Mom!” became the cry. And they don’t even love math! Go figure.
So I decided it would be easier to start our school day with a morning meeting. Now I’m herding the children into the kitchen, handing out playdough or crayons to keep hands busy, and beginning our morning meeting. My teenagers enjoy keeping their hands busy just as much as the preschoolers.
In addition to changing the time of our morning meeting, I sat down and considered. What would be our ideal morning time schedule?
Our Ideal Morning Time Schedule
My ideal morning time schedule begins with poetry. There are many poems I’d like the children and me to memorize, and we need to review the ones we have memorized.
We quickly move on into our Tapestry of Grace read-aloud. Right now we’re not working through the book assigned, but instead working our way through Bible Stories in coordination with our ancient history studies.
Geography is studied on Mondays! We study the area of the world we’re studying in Tapestry of Grace. I post the maps on the kitchen wall to reference as we talk about the topography of the area.
I’ve found geography is best done early in the week, so the kids are familiar with it before they read their history books.
Tapestry of Grace includes fine art appreciation in the year plan. This not only includes readings from art history books but includes an art concept each week. Last week we discussed emphasis. This week we covered how the ancients used coil and pinch methods to create pots.
In my ideal schedule, we’ll include intricate art projects at this time, such as Greek vases and Egyptian mummies. The art appreciation is aimed at the rhetoric level. The younger kids are tagging along and absorbing what they can!
We’re reading through The Story of the World as a family. Everyone enjoys the history, it gives a wonderful background for our weekly history topic and ensures the preschoolers keep up with the family.
The older kids have additional history assignments at their appropriate level. My goal is to complete the history discussions at this time as well. Instead, we usually tack them onto our Friday schedule, which makes for a long day.
After some thought about how to study science together, I decided to work through The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way by Joy Hakim. Each week I’m reading a chapter and discussing a concept. If all goes well, we’ll be able to add experiments as well.
This is not all the science my older children are doing. My 11th grader is working through chemistry, my 9th grader is studying biology, and my 6th grader is playing around with concepts in physics.
Today is the day for literature discussions! There are literature discussions laid out for both middle school and high school in Tapestry of Grace. We work slowly through these discussions covering setting, characterization, and how the culture affects the work.
Friday is also our day for scheduling the next week. I hand out papers and ensure the kids create reasonable plans for the next week.
The ideal morning time schedule ends with Latin and IEW’s writing. The handy thing about IEW is that it’s set up by units. As we cover the concepts in the units, I assign similar topics at different levels. My 11th grader is expected to complete longer and more detailed writing assignments than his 6th-grade brother.
In Latin, we work on chants and vocabulary together. The children then complete their assignments separately.
Currently, we’re not doing everything in my ideal morning time schedule, but we are completing much of it. My goal is to ease into the full schedule by Easter. Wish me luck!