What is a Morning Meeting Basket?
I have a basket filled with books and items we reference almost daily as part of our Morning Meeting. Keeping the items together in one place helps me remember what I want to use each day and keeps it all within reaching distance from my spot on the couch.
What is Morning Meeting?
Our Morning Meeting is one of my favorite things about our homeschool. To be perfectly honest, I loved it a bit more before we introduced a toddler into the mix and it became a time of chaos and training. In theory, though, I still treasure this precious time together with the kids before we hit the nitty gritty of the school day.
It helps us focus, quiet our hearts and minds, and gets us ready for the many events to come. It is also nice to begin our day together before going in different directions for our individual work.
We have tried ALL kinds of things in our basket, as this is something that is completely flexible and open to interpretation. Let it reflect your own heart and vision for your kids! Some things we always do are:
- Pray! This is #1 with NO EXCEPTIONS. I just can’t see us successfully attempting any other activity without first thanking the Lord for this day and acknowledging our complete dependence upon His grace for the challenges we
- Bible reading. What better words to begin our day with? We read a few verses or a passage from the book of the Bible we are currently looking at, and then discuss it briefly.
- Memory work. I have already posted about how we memorize and review Bible verses and more here.
- Recitations. See here if you want to know what these look like.
Other materials we use currently or have used in the past:
- Catechism. This is new for us this year. I’m using this book with a few adaptations to fit what we believe. We’re not very far into it yet, so I can’t say too much about it.
- Classical music. We’ll listen to a piece from our Memoria Press Enrichment, or to something else we like.
- Art work. Occasionally I hang up a picture for us to look at and swap it out every month or so. We’ll also read books about that artist. I have an embarrassing number of artist books, considering I have no background whatsoever in art.
- Poetry. Right now my favorite way to do poetry is just by flipping through this book at random and reading different poems together. We’ve learned several by heart already through this haphazard, unstructured method. We already have so much to memorize for school that I chose to make this a non-stress item.
- Character Training. My kids love the Miller books, and we also have other things I’ve collected.
- Literature. Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare, or similar tales.
- Longer picture books related to what we’re studying in history.
- Let’s Read and Find Out science books. See post here, I could seriously read these every day.
How we do it.
The only parts that I make sure absolutely have to happen are the prayer and Bible reading. I try to get to do this even on mornings that we don’t do school, like now when we are Fall Break. Memory work and recitations are pretty important to our educational goals, so those get done every school day. After that, we get to what we can. I have tried organizing this into a nice rotating schedule in the past, but honestly I like to just spontaneously choose each day what we will read. Catechism and poetry are rarely skipped, but all the other things are pretty much once in a while. Our curriculum is rich as it is, and I don’t feel a need to add lots of extras. On the other hand, we all enjoy these extras and appreciate them when we can.
How to start a Morning Meeting.
If you have never done a Morning Meeting (or similar time) to start your school day, I would definitely encourage you to add this to your day! Start small, with just one or two things that are important to you or that you enjoy. Once you get into a regular routine of beginning your day together, add in another component. Don’t let it overwhelm you, and don’t feel like your Morning Meeting has to consist of twelve things or take an hour and a half to complete. Do what you realistically can with the ages and needs of your kids and schedule.
Let it be a blessing to your day, and not a burden.
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