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These are unprecedented times. So many parents are being thrown into schooling-from-home with little to no direction. We’ve shared before in episode 30 some general ideas and suggestions for homeschooling, so we’re not going to unpack all of that today. But we would like to dive deeper into one particular part of homeschooling that we believe is the foundation for what all the rest of our child’s education and really their very lives is built upon.
Today, we’re talking about Morning Time. Some folks prefer to call it Morning Basket, Morning Meeting, others who maybe choose to slot it at other times in the day instead of the morning have been known to call it Symposium or Power Hour. No matter what you call it, if you’ve been homeschooling for any length of time, you definitely know that it’s a current buzzword in homeschooling circles. It seems that everyone has caught the fever.
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“I can’t fix their mood. But I know Jesus can.”September McCarthy
If the anthropologists are correct and we really do become like the people we spend the most time with, let’s spend more time with Jesus. Morning Time is one way that we can do that with our entire family.
Right now, most of us have no excuses. Our calendars are cleared, at least for now. May we all come out of this quarantine a little more like Him. In that way, we’ll be redeeming the time.
Mentioned on the Podcast:
- Episode 30: Help for Schooling-at-Home
- Septembers Instagram
- Bible Trivia Cards
- The ABC Bible Verse Book– board book for preschoolers
- Go Fish- “The Bible Book Bop“
- Handwork activities for little ones during Morning Time and any time
- The Child’s Story Bible– September’s favorite story Bible
- Beginner Character Creature Cards– character training resource for preschoolers
- Character Matters Cards– character training resource for elementary through high school-aged kids
- Answers in Genesis for Kids
- Wisdom with the Millers books by Rod and Staff
- More Than Words by Master Books
- Faith Forward by Patrick and Ruth Schwenk
- God’s Names by Sally Michael
- Sing the Word– Harrow Family albums of Scripture set to music
- For Girls Like You by Wynter Pitts
- ABC Bible Verses by Susan Hunt
- Children’s Bible Learning Cards– Bible memory cards with illustrations
- Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm
- The Ology by Marty Machowski
- Then Sings My Soul by Robert Morgan
- Hero Tales by Dave and Neta Jackson
- Christian Heroes Then and Now series by Geoff and Janet Benge
- The Case for Christ Student Edition by Lee Strobel
- Kid’s Devotional Printable– resource that September uses to teach her kids to lead family devotions
- The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt
Other Resources and Links
- Morning Basket Resources for Protestant Homeschoolers
- A Simplified Morning Time– a look at Jamie’s Morning Time
- Hymn Index for Morning Time
Thank you so much for this podcast episode! As a mom of a 5-year-old and 3-year-old, I have been wondering how I can implement some of these beautiful morning time plans I see other moms doing. I have felt discouraged and overwhelmed as I look at other, more seasoned teachers and moms on the Internet and social media for guidance. So THANK YOU for reminding me that it is ok to keep my focus on what is most important (spiritual formation) and not do the “extra”—especially right now! I feel I have a workable plan, finally, and I feel a huge burden has been lifted!
We’re so glad the episode was helpful for you! Thank you for sharing that. May God bless you and the time you spend with your littles cultivating a love for God and His Word.