If you are a homeschooling family, the words morning time will probably not be new to you.
It was not new to me.
I had heard so much about morning time, but for some reason, I did not want to jump on the bandwagon.
I had plenty of excuses: my kids were too young, I did not have the time, I wasn’t sure what to do during a morning time.
Until one day, I was inspired by Mystie Winckler to give a morning time a try.
Here is the thing that changed my mind: I can create my morning time to be whatever I want it to be.
Just because I see pictures and posts of everyone’s beautiful morning baskets does not mean that mine has to be the same!
That is the beauty of homeschooling!!
Now that our family has a morning time, we will always have one!
Both me and my kids look forward to it.
So if you have a morning time in your homeschool or just curious about starting one, let me share with you some reasons why a morning time is such a great thing!
#1: It jumpstarts the day.
I have some stragglers. Some of my kids just live in their own little world, on their own little schedule, in their own little time zone.
By having a morning time start at a particular time (for us 8:00 a.m.) our day begins. Even the stragglers know it is time to head to the couch when they hear the morning hymn.
#2: It adds in extra read-aloud time.
Some days with the chores that need to get done and the little ones that need my help, our read-aloud time during the day can get cut short.
With a morning time, we have more time to spend reading aloud together as a family.
#3: We always start our day with a prayer.
Right after our hymn study, we start out with a prayer.
Not only do we pray for specific needs, but we pray a prayer together. Over time, this prayer becomes memorized.
It is so beautiful to hold these prayers in our hearts over the years.
#4: Morning time is the perfect place for “extra” subjects.
While I do plan out our entire school year before it begins, I plan our morning time from week to week.
I like to leave room to allow for subjects or topics that the kids have a particular interest.
Last week when my son was interested in the solar system, we spent a few mornings learning the planets with a song and creating a poster of the 8 planets.
While I did not have astronomy planned during this school year, we had the opportunity to learn something that was interesting to my son.
Mamas, always jump on those learning opportunities!
#5: The little kids get to learn right along with the big kids.
My toddler and preschooler think it is cool that they are learning the prayers and songs right along with their siblings.
I always have rotating puzzles and building toys out for the littles so they have something to keep their hands busy.
#6: A bulk of our memory work is completed together at morning time.
This time is perfect for reviewing poems, songs, bible verses, and facts.
The kids love singing the songs together!
#7: It gets me out of bed!
I am not one that wants to jump right in to the grammar and math facts.
As someone who can find it hard to get motivated in the morning, knowing that we are starting altogether and making memories in our morning time gets me out of bed.
It is the little things in our homeschools that we need to keep us moving forward.
#8: There are plenty of resources to get you started. You do not have to reinvent the wheel or start from scratch.
In fact, I will give you our morning time routine right here for free.
Remember, this is a guideline that you can use to come up with your own. If it fits perfectly for your family, feel free to follow it exactly. Just always go with what works for your family!
Looking for a little more information?
I am a huge fan of Pam Barnhill and her book Your Morning Basket Guide is a perfect place to start!
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