Curious about How to Include Morning Time in Your Homeschool Day? Read on to see how our family does it.
Morning time, inspired by one book, in particular, has changed our home school for the better. I grabbed a copy of Better Together by Pam Barnhill after seeing it recommended several times online and carved out some time to read it and I am so glad I did, it has truly changed us as a home school family. It wasn’t long after reading it that I figured out How to Include Morning Time in Your Homeschool Day. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do and find it worth adding!
How to Include Morning Time in Your Homeschool Day
Pam (I hope it’s okay if I call her Pam) stresses that nothing is as important in homeschooling as relationships. And a key component to good relationships is starting your home school morning off on the right foot, any morning really, but also it doesn’t have to be morning, it can be any time of day that is convenient for your family to come together.
The beauty of morning time is that it covers the entire family, from toddlers to high school. I love that we are all learning, laughing, and growing together before everyone goes off to do their own thing. I use a basket, well now we use a cool old rusty toolbox I rescued, known to many homeschoolers as a morning basket to contain our current read aloud, and special themed games, activities, and supplemental books.
Our morning time starts with me in my husband’s recliner with our current read aloud, the kids piled on the couch under their softest throws, 3 dogs and a cat sprawled about. We start with a morning prayer, sometimes led by me sometimes the kid’s volunteer. I read a chapter of our chosen read aloud while I finish off cup of coffee number one, or maybe number two by this time, we might read more if the kids demand it and talk for a moment or two about our daily or weekly plans.
From there we wander into our school room and begin school with a short devotion, currently, the Kids Awana lessons are what we use for study, a hands-on activity like a game, sometimes we might get out and do an early morning nature walk-in Florida early in the day is key! We may do an artist study or simply listen to classical music and try to identify the instruments or composer. We never jump right into math worksheets or anything like that but I will often make a game of flashcards for building math facts fluency or occasionally.
Here we are lounging on the schoolroom rug with soft blankets and pillows, learning dictionary skills. I call out the word of the week and the kids take turns looking it up.
Games are a great way to start your homeschool mornings!
We have even taken morning time outdoors more than once when the weather was too beautiful to be cooped up.
Morning time will look different for every family, and it may even look different from week to week or day to day. Here are some ideas of things that you can include in your morning time to get you started.
- Read Aloud
- Bible Study/Family Devotions
- Hymn Study
- Classical Music Study
- Simple Board Games
- Art Projects
- Nature Walks
- Independent Reading Time
- Read Poems
- Calendar Time
If you want to begin your own morning time but feel a little overwhelmed you can sign up for Pam Barnhill’s monthly morning time plans. She includes a full themed study outline with books and resources needed. You can grab that HERE.