“Morning Basket” and “Circle Time” are just a couple of the new buzz words to describe a family’s morning time routine. It’s a great way to start your homeschool day on the right track. Andrea takes a moment to share her family’s morning time routine with us. This post was originally posted on the No Mommy Left Behind blog.
Our morning routine always begins with family worship.
I have three children, and each child gets to choose one song for the worship. I will also choose an opening song, which is usually ties into the focus of the week and will continue to be our opening song for a week or two. This week, our song is 1 Corinthians 13, a scripture song. We have been working on it for a couple of weeks now, as it ties into our current focus: Love.
I find that YouTube is a great resource for song ideas and church hymnals. I have created a playlist of our songs that you can check out here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkmQQ4wTF6dzmKrP_r2T6ot58zLQFvEzX
After we sing, we have prayer and move onto our Bible Memory Box, which is inspired by Charlotte Mason. You can learn more about her scripture memory system here: https://simplycharlottemason.com/timesavers/memorysys/
Our memory verses are inspired by our Bible Lessons. Currently, we are using Sonlight Education Ministry’s Desire of All Nations program. I used a recipe box to create our Bible box because it was sturdy and the dividers had already been created for it (I just ignore the big recipe labels). You can also find materials here:
- Index Card Box https://amzn.to/2peO7Jv
- 41 Index Card Tab Dividers https://amzn.to/2NjAkA5
- Index Cards https://amzn.to/2QBWw6g
Our current Bible box verses are:
- Daily: Matthew 1:23 (we are doing a few verses a week, so this will take a minute)
- Even/Odd: I Corinthians 6:19-20 (we memorized this last year, so we keep it in rotation, especially since our focus is on love)/ Romans 12:1,2
- Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday: Philippians 4:13/ Matthew 1:20-21/ Romans 12:10/ Genesis 1:1/ John 3:16
- We also have a Bible verse for each date of the month, 1-31, but those aren’t all filled up yet.
Finally, we read our Bible lesson and end with prayer. During the prayer, we focus on a different area each day, such as world leaders on Wednesdays, Sick & Shut-in on Saturday, Sorrowing on Sunday, etc.
Other Morning Time Ideas
Every family’s morning time is bound to look different. If you’d like to learn more, here is a podcast episode that you might find helpful: What is a Morning Basket? or you can also check out this blog post by Lisa Marie entitled Morning Basket – What Is It & How to Use It In Your Homeschool for more ideas.
We are always looking for morning time ideas, and we’d love for you to share what your morning routine is like in the comments below.