Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Morning Time {Bringing Beauty to your Day}

This year has been a trans-formative home school year for our family. 
In January I discovered the concept of "Morning Time" and nothing, truly hands down, has even compared; it's the single best improvement of our year!

The idea of Morning Time is quite simple;
"It's simply gathering together to cover subjects, as a family, that we can do together which encourage truth, goodness and beauty into our day".
Honestly, establishing the habit of Morning Time did take some preparation;
 mentally, physically and financially as well. 

Mentally. I had to retrain myself that this simplistic, lovely time spent with my children was in fact deeply beneficial to their education. I subconsciously equated a rigorous education with a quality education. However, through our personal experience, I discovered that this meaningful time not only fulfills a quality, thorough education but is life building relationally, which to me is invaluable!!

Physically. I had to prepare by spending some time alone, which isn't easy with a large family.
Late nights after the kids were in bed, or evenings when Ben was away, I sat down pen in hand, and quietly pondered what subjects I wanted to incorporate into our Morning Time. I took this time to thoughtfully consider which subjects to focus on, then determined to gather the materials.
Many of our materials I already owned; these lovely, lovely books were just being overlooked!

Lastly, I purchased the remaining items I didn't already have.

"Morning Time", "Circle Time" or as it's known in our home, "Living Room Time" can be beautifully tailored to fit your individualistic interests; many families usually incorporate three elements during this time: 
Ritual, Reading and Recitation.

Morning Time does not eliminate Math, Language Arts, History or Science, though you certainly could thoroughly cover these areas if you're family chooses, especially if you educate Charlotte Mason style.

  Our Morning Time included these resources shown above include:
Literature {all seven Narnia books including the Veritas Press comprehension guide}
Music {Mozart and Bach including the music CD's by Zeezok Press}
Art History {Degas, Monet, and Renoir / Looking at Picutres / Picture Study Portfolio}
Science {Outdoor Secrets, Trees Leaves and Bark, and Usborne
History Enrichment {A Pioneer Sampler}
Greek {English from the Roots Up}

Once all my materials were gathered, I decided how to "loop" the days to cover each subject:
{Mon thru Thurs}Literature and Greek
 {Mon and Wed}Music and History
 {Tues and Thurs}Art History and Science
We'll continue with these resources until the end of this year, then we'll change things up.
I'm thinking we'll also add Scripture memorization and Poetry to our loop.
{On nice days we usually head outdoors and add in a bit of Nature journaling as well.}
If while reading this, you feel your heart strings tug at the idea of implementing this beautiful, transformative routine to your day, my single piece of advice would be;
"start small and give yourself tons of grace while you get settled into this new routine!" 

In my next post, I'll talk about planning Morning Time and our daily rhythm;
You're always more than welcome to leave me a comment with any questions.
If you're a "Morning Time" mom, what subjects do you cover? How have you seen growth in your family?
I'd love to hear from you!

Lastly, if your final days of summer find you cleaning out closets or organizing school rooms, and you'd like to learn more about Morning Time, I encourage you to head over to Pam Barnhill and listen to her podcast or if you'd rather cozy up with a good book, you can find that over at Your Morning Basket.
{I do both ;}

PS.  Just an encouragement, there is {absolutely} not a single ounce of condemnation for those not doing Morning Time! I firmly believe life giving happens in many, many ways! 
I'm in no way preaching a method; just sharing how the Father is unloading life to us in this way. 
Next year could look completely different. We simply are walking where He leads
That's where life is found!!

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