What is Morning Time? Why do homeschool moms do this? Today, I'd like to give you 5 Ideas for Planning Your Morning Time, but first, let's talk about what it is.
What Is Morning Time?
Before going for a walk or a jog, we warm-up. We stretch the muscles. We take a deep breath. We pause. Then, we get going.
Morning Time is much the same way.
Morning Time is a warm-up for learning. We want to limber up our thinking muscles. Prepare our hearts. Pause to reflect. Then get going.
Just a 10–15 minute time frame is ample for Morning Time. Keep this time as a quiet, peaceful warm-up time.
Here are 5 Ideas for Planning Your Morning Time.
#1 Prayer and Devotional
For morning time, you start by gently guiding your children to talk with their heavenly father. We start with prayer recitations in PreK-K. We guide our children in real conversations with God as they grow.
Also, you might read devotionals together with younger students or let older students find a cozy little corner to have devotions. We have free devotional links under individual study for each grade-level.
Also, we often play praise music in the background.
#2 The Pledge of Allegiance
Morning Time is a great time to orally recite memory work. Keep it short to about 1-2 minutes. We suggest reciting on a rotational basis or 1 thing a day.
Our copybook primer includes Charlotte Mason-Inspired Recitations for Preschool and Kindergarten.
This year, each term, we will learn a:
We will just recite just one thing a day.
Looking at the calendar, especially for grades K to 4, is an important morning activity for teaching our calendar system. It's fun to note the day, month, year, season, and weather.
You could sing a song about the days of the week and the months of the year. Calendar time is already planned into our Kindergarten Teacher Guide.
#5 A Quiet Seatwork Time
Perhaps, the most effective activity for warming-up is a quiet seatwork time. This can help focus your child's attention. Keep it short at 5 minutes or less.
This year, for seatwork, we will copy 1 page in the copybook primer.
Other ideas could be writing (book of mottoes or journal), drawing (sketch pad or nature notebook), or doing a hands-on activity (puzzle, playdough, or handicraft).
A Sample Schedule
It could be as simple as 1 thing per day . . .
Monday - Prayer & Devotional
Tuesday - The Pledge of Allegiance and Anthem
Wednesday - Recitation
Thursday - Calendar
Friday - Copywork
It could be 2 things per day . . .
Monday - Prayer and Devotional & Copybook
Tuesday - The Pledge of Allegiance and Anthem & Copybook
Wednesday - Recitation & Copybook
Thursday - Calendar & Copybook
Friday - Special Activity of choice
It could be 5 things per day . . .
Monday - Prayer, Pledge, Calendar, Recite Scripture Memory, Copybook
Tuesday - Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance and Anthem, Calendar, Recite Poem, Copywork
Wednesday - Prayer, Pledge, Calendar, Picture Book, Recite Psalm, Copywork
Thursday - Prayer, Pledge, Calendar, Recite Literature, Copywork
Friday - Prayer, Pledge, Calendar, Special Activity of choice
A Few More Thoughts
If you had to pick just one thing, to which morning time activity would your children respond? Would your children benefit from this warm-up for learning?
Morning Time Checklist
Renee Metzler holds a degree in Secondary Ed, English from Bloomsburg University of PA. She is a homeschool mom of 4 children and is loves to share her joy of lesson planning and curriculum.
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