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How Morning Time Saved Our Homeschool

Morning Time

I was discouraged. I was frustrated. I was close to giving up.

I had no idea how homeschooling four children, all different ages, was supposed to work out.

And then I discovered morning time.

I actually learned about the idea of a morning basket on Pam Barnhill’s blog. I spent about a good hour on her blog just soaking in all of the awesome information and great ideas she shares. I subscribed to her blog and her podcast. It’s awesome stuff!

I then went and got all of our curriculum together and organized. I created our loop schedule and I began our new way of homeschooling the next Monday morning.

And it was such a blessing.

That Monday was the first smooth running homeschooling day that we’ve had in a while. No chaos, no yelling, no running from child to child.

The main idea of morning times is to start your homeschool mornings learning together no matter your children’s ages. We all come together (ages 9, 6, 5, 3), at our dining room table after finishing our morning chores, to start our school day. We start with our Bible reading time, Scripture memory, and prayer. We then move on to calendar time, IEW, and math. We do all of these together at the same time.

My 3 year old begins each morning with us and makes it to somewhere around handwriting or math time. He will then usually say he’s all done and go play with his toys.

After finishing our morning time, we then take a short break for snack and then I do reading individually with each of the older children. By the time they’ve all had their individual reading time, it’s time for lunch and another short play break while I clean up the kitchen and do a few chores.

Afterwards, we regather at the table and work on our loop schedule. Our loop schedule includes art, music, history, science, and geography. I’m really loving our new loop schedule because I don’t feel like I have to rush through all of these subjects each day. By doing 1 a day we can really take our time and enjoy learning about each subject.

By this time in our day we’re usually ready for another break (yes, in this ADHD family we take lots of breaks) and then we have our daily tea time each afternoon.

This new schedule and specifically morning time, has truly saved our homeschool. I actually look forward to mornings with my children and I’m enjoying homeschooling again.

If you are becoming discouraged in your homeschooling journey I encourage you to give morning time a try. I guarantee you won’t regret it.

Do you begin your home school day with morning time?

homeschooling

A crazy(er) week.

I am definitely a summer girl, but there is something about a rainy, cold day with candles lit inside of a warm, cozy house and soup in the crock pot for dinner that makes me happy.

This has been a crazy(er) week than usual. All 3 little ones have been sick and for us that almost always means trips (several) to the doctor’s office, breathing treatments (on more than 1 kid), and possibly a visit to the Emergency Room (which did happen this time).

So yes, this has been a crazier week and that is why it’s been over a week since my last post. Not exactly how I wanted to start off in this blogging world, but life happens.

Since my last post I did get to order a couple of  things for homeschooling. I ordered the free Classical Conversations catalog and the book Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann.

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I was hoping to go ahead and begin using this with my 4 year old, but after looking through it I decided that she really needs to know all of her letters better. I know, duh!

She is working on her letters in preschool, but I am going to start supplementing more letter work with her at home.

The Classical Conversations co/op is something I’m pretty sure I’m going to put her in next year. Registration begins in January so I still have a little longer to think about it.

I also ordered my self a couple of books which I am super excited about. The first book is The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeuryst.

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I love her books and a friend of mine and I will be doing a study on this book in the beginning of the year with the preschool moms at our preschool which is also our church.

The second book I ordered is the iBlog e-book. I haven’t had a chance to read it, but I ordered this one in hopes of it helping me out with his blog. I really hope it does because I have no clue what I’m doing.

Lessons I’ve learned in the last week. (The ones I can remember)

The stridor noise kids make when they have croup is scary and never normal.

I have put off reading a book for myself way too long.

Olivia needs to work a lot more on learning her letters.

What Classical Conversations is.