Quiet. Peaceful. Restful. Love was in the air the day we began what Sarah McKenzie, author of the blog Amongst Lovely Things calls Morning Symposium, love for learning, that is.
Homeschool isn't always easy, but when the day goes well, you & your children get the privilege of feasting on the morsels of discovery & knowledge!
Here I am focused more on developing the relationships I have with my littles & developing the hearts of these little people God has lent me with more emphasis than academics.
Yes, we're learning, but I'm cultivating hearts & minds. Want to put the "loveliness" in your day of learning? Morning Time helps you start on the right foot! Keep reading.
We've implemented Morning Time (as we call it) this year & already I cannot do without it! You must try it too! Let me tell you, my kindergartner has a natural love for learning- when she wants to learn- which is not normally during school time. Ha! A resistant learner is detrimental to me- a huge blow & obviously I assume it is always my fault. "I killed her love of learning by homeschooling her!" Oh, the disappointment that ensues. I love how Sarah helps us moms get our homeschool started out by putting the lovely things first. :)
Maybe you feel the same way some days? But since we've implemented a morning time, I see an excitement about learning for the day. Morning time helps cultivate a "liturgy of love" as Sarah calls it here.
It's easy to begin implementing a morning time into your school day & it will help you teach from rest & help restore peace in your home!
Questions to Ask:
1. Think about what your children would like to learn the most- outside of normal content area diligence.
2. What do you want everyone in your family to do together at this time? What do you all need to focus on?
3. How long should it be? (Consider ages of the youngest littles.)
Our Current Morning Time:
I chose to include art & music study into our morning time with virtue stories. My children are very young & we're working on Charlotte Mason habit training. It's important for me to read stories & poems of examples of virtue to them to place hints of good habits in their minds. You can read more about habit training with littles here on Simply Charlotte Mason.
We also focus on singing a couple hymns. When you're praising, it truly is helping keep your focus on God & puts a song in your heart for the day!
Did I mention I have littles? Yeah. So, I'm keeping Morning Time short & sweet. To do that, I've implemented a loop for some of the things in our basket. You can read more about looping on Sarah's site here & even watch a podcast about how to make it successful.
Looping means I take the things we want to do during our SHORT morning time (littles have short attention spans) & I loop them from day to day. We do a hymn every day. We do loop the rest of the time (usually one or two other things).
Here's our Loop for Morning Time right now:
- Read a page from The Year at Maple Hill Farm
- Read a virtue poem or short story from Children's Book of Virtures
- My emergent reader reads to her sister a phonics book from Fun Tales
- Work a puzzle together. (We have a lot of large floor puzzles & geography puzzles.
- Practice tracing a picture from a book. (pre-req for map work later)
*So again, we don't do all of these everyday. We just do what we have time to do in the time allotted. I allot 30 minutes for morning time, but really, I expect it to last no more than 15-20. Sarah talks about time allotted in her book Teaching from Rest (which I cannot do without). *PS. This is not a plug for her book, I just LOVE IT that much & want you to know about how it has helped our family! :)
Your morning time or whatever you choose to call it might be longer than mine or shorter for that matter. You decide what time it starts & what you will do, but I really think you should try one. You may choose to just do a couple of things or not even use a loop. Loops are optional, people! :) The important thing is to plan & take it slow. Don't try to do too much.
Focus on the lovely things first!
May your mornings be brighter & your hearts be lighter! I'd love to hear your comments about your morning time & what you do!!!
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