All around the web, you will find homeschool morning time ideas, most of them elaborate and seemingly covering every creative subject out there. Moms and children are reading-memorizing-reciting poetry, learning several languages, studying and recreating art, mastering the art of sewing/crocheting/knitting/etc. … all while sipping tea and singing hymns in candlelight!
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I am not a creative person and I don’t have a lot of time for extra activities or crafts in our homeschool … call it a season or just call it real life, but having 7 young children (two of them with major medical disabilities) means that getting in our foundational subjects every day takes up the majority of our school time.
Keeping morning time simple is a must around here! That doesn’t mean I don’t try, or that I am against others doing all of the above, but I just feel like you should know that there are mamas out here that only manage to do a few things during morning time and that it’s okay if you’re one of them!
Our Simple Homeschool Morning Time
- After my older children have done the outside/animal chores, we gather for breakfast and start our “morning time”.
- Our main focus every morning is Bible Time and journaling – that’s it!
- I write the date and Bible text on the chalkboard.
- I do my own planner, Bible reading, and devotional.
- My children finish breakfast and start their journals.
- I read a chapter from the Bible to my children.
- I require them to write in the date & a picture or written description of the weather, but otherwise, they can journal anything they want while I am reading a chapter from the Bible.
- Then I read a Bible lesson from the Apologia “What We Believe” series (more info below).
- Then, IF there is time, I read from a science or history “living book”.
There are 4 books in the “What We Believe” series and we have JUST (today) completed the 4th and final book – we have enjoyed the series over the last few years and so I will include a brief overview/review below.
Our Favorite Morning Time Resources
Who Is God? And Can I Really Know Him?, Textbook (What We Believe)
King Alfred’s English: A History of the Language We Speak and Why We Should Be Glad We Do
Christian Liberty Nature Reader Book K
Hilda the Briton: Or, The Golden Age, The Story of a Roman Slave Girl
The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel (Dover Children’s Thrift Classics)
Exploring Creatin with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day
- The main/only CON (for me) is that it rarely quotes from our Bible version (KJV), so that was a little frustrating since we are dedicated King James Bible readers. It quotes from a variety of other Bible versions, including NKJV, NIV, ESV, and others. Simple fix – we just look up the text in our own Bible.
- I appreciated the questions from my children and conversations shared together – inspired by the books/questions from each lesson. We rarely read a lesson without stopping to share our thoughts or look up more scriptures.
- We didn’t necessarily agree with everything the authors expressed on theology/doctrine, but it was a great way for us to discuss what/why we believe. I think that the intention of the series/authors was accomplished since its purpose is to really dig into what we believe, etc.
I am not sure what we will do next for our in-depth Bible study, but for now, we will use the “extra time” to continue reading our favorite science and history living books.
- We often read from one of the following: Christian Liberty Nature Readers, Apologia Zoology series, Emma Leslie Christian history books, and we are currently (slowly) working our way through King Alfred’s English by Laurie J. White.
For us, homeschool morning time is really about starting our day together with God’s Word, taking the time to record something about our day/life (plus, copywork, expressive writing, and/or artwork happens) and then reading an enjoyable read-aloud – of course, with an underlying educational tone, because … hashtag homeschoollife, right?! I love that all of my children, from toddler to teen, are gathered around me for that hour every morning!
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Peace Creek on the Prairie – This Daily Bible Study Journal has 11 beautiful pages to help you study God’s word. The beautiful purple floral pattern is bound to help you start each day with joy and peace. This is not a guided study for anything specific, but for you to use to study the Bible Scriptures. It is to help you memorize scripture and to dig deeper. It would be great to use alongside a commentary or other book to dig deeper.
Brookdale House – A Bullet Recipe Journal is a wonderful way to keep your recipes handy! It is easy to structure to your needs, yet flexible enough to use any way you like.
Heart and Soul Homeschooling – Color, Cut, and Count through the Seasons is a fun coloring book with counting pages for each season. Includes pumpkins, apples, acorns, snowmen, flowers, ice cream cones, etc. A great way for kids to practice counting to 20. The shapes can be cut apart to use as manipulatives or pieces for math games. Practice coloring, cutting, and counting skills all in one with this activity book!
Everyday Graces – Learning poetry is such a fun way for our children to learn to write better, express themselves, and to stretch their literary device muscles. In this 13 page pack, your children will learn about acrostic poetry, cinquain poetry, and haiku poetry. Each type is explained and there are pages to practice each.