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!
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” (what we call the time between 9am and 12pm.).
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”, usually by 8am.
- 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/draw anything they want while I am reading a chapter from the Bible.
- Then I read a devotional/character story with a meaningful lesson in it.
- Then, IF there is time, I read from a science or “living history book”.
- We try to be done with what I call “morning time” by 9am.
A simple way to let my kids get creative is to have them do art while I am reading the Bible. This can be done very simply or a curriculum like Grapevine Studies can be used for guidance.
In the past, we have read the “What We Believe” series from Apologia for our devotional/character study. There are 4 books in the series and we have read them all.
Our Favorite Morning Time Resources
Who Is God? And Can I Really Know Him?
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
Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day
We use any “extra time” we have to continue reading our favorite science and history living books.
- We have a stack of history books to read from Tapestry of Grace and we slowly work our way through them as time allows.
- We may read from one of the following for science: Christian Liberty Nature Readers, Apologia Zoology series.
Always Striving For Excellence, But With Grace
While I allow myself the grace to be as simple as possible with our morning time, I am striving to add in more beauty and joy without making it a stressful event. Waking up earlier, starting our day earlier, and giving ourselves more time for “morning time” is a goal that I am always working towards.
I often wake multiple times throughout the night and so when actual morning rolls around, I find myself trying to get just a few more minutes of sleep before facing the day. However, I have learned that getting myself going on the day earlier actually gives me more energy the rest of the day and momentum (in homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, homesteading) that just blesses our day so much and is worth the extra effort.
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. I love that all of my children, from toddler to teen, are gathered around me for that hour every morning!