Over the last few months we have been building in a bit of structured learning time into our rhythm (at the request of Little Bean, but more about that in another post). We have started slowly and gently, easing us both into something quite new. The very first thing I added in was morning time. We have dabbled a bit with it in the past but over the last few months I have been a lot more intentional about it and it is working really well. In fact, I can safely say it has become our favourite part of the day (getting into bed at night now comes a close second).
What is Morning Time?
Morning time is a fairly well known concept but for those of you who haven’t heard the term before let me provide a bit of background. Morning time, or you might hear it called morning basket, was first made popular by Cindy Rollins. One of the things I love is that its so adaptable, so it looks different for every family but generally it is a time when everyone gathers together to learn and enjoy a number of different things, the sorts of things that are full of beauty and goodness but that could easily get left to the side. A lot of families use this time to study art or music, read from classic literature or memorize beautiful poetry. Like I said, morning time looks different for every family so take a peek inside these morning time routines:
- Morning time at Cindy Rollins house.
- A morning basket with Blossom and Root.
- Sarah Mackenzie, author of Read Aloud Revival, shares her morning time routine.
- A morning basket from Homeschool by the Beach.
Our Morning Time
Currently we do morning time four times a week and it is purely reading time, either me or my husband reading aloud or Little Bean reading to me. As we are only starting out I have been careful not to overload it with everything, we are starting slow. We always start with a story from our children’s bible (The Children’s Illustrated Bible by DK, UK link/US link). Then we will have a story or chapter from a storybook (right now we are reading through The Great Big Beatrix Potter Treasury, UK link) and Little Bean will read a book from her selection of readers (this isn’t something that’s forced, if she doesn’t want to she will tell me and I don’t press it, but usually she does happily read to me). These three things are our core. After we had got used to the new we built upon this core by adding in something extra each day. Tuesdays we have history (from Brittania: 100 Stories from British History, UK link/US link), Wednesdays and Fridays we have science (either a page from our Usborne Children’s Encyclopedia (UK link/US link) our Lego Science book (UK link/US link) or a read aloud option from our science curriculum), and Thursdays is geography (we are currently reading through Atlas of Adventures, which corresponds with our continent studies, UK link/US link).
Looking for More?
If you are thinking of developing morning time in your home and are looking for a little more information check out these wonderful resources.
- Elsie from Farmhouse Schoolhouse shares her beautiful story about starting morning time.
- There are a stack of morning time resources at Simply Convivial. Click here to get to the list.
- Pam Barnhill has a really helpful post about the ins and outs of morning time.
- The aforementioned Pam Barnhill also hosts a podcast dedicated to morning time. There is a wealth of information there so go give it a listen.
Here’s what the little one had to say about morning time:
“I love morning time and I like reading my stories. I like mummy reading the stories that she reads. I’m always excited about morning time and the books.”
So there you have it! If that doesn’t recommend morning time to you then I don’t know what will 😉