Tuesday, March 29, 2016

What's in our Morning Basket: Spring Term

Our morning basket continues to be my favorite thing about our homeschool day (although I don't think you need to homeschool to do it!). We have kept our rhythm of working through some, if not all, of the things in our basket during breakfast each day. Sometimes we do more, sometimes less depending on their attention on that particular day. Easter marked the end of our Lenten morning basket and it has now been refreshed for spring with new scripture, memory work, books, songs and art. 

Morning Basket: Spring Term

1. Invocation: Light a candle, say together: "The Lord is my light and my salvation".

2. Calendar: Review plans for the day, look outside and record weather and nature observations.

3. Bible: Read a Psalm, read a selection from "Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing".

4. Prayer: Write down what each person is thankful for and record prayer requests (including our Compassion child and someone from our photo prayer book). Then we pray; the kids thank God for what they are thankful for and I usually pray for the requests. 

5. Memory Work:

Scripture: Matthew 28:6, I Tim 1:15, I Cor. 15:3-4, Mark 16:15, Acts 16:31 (and review verses from the past year)


"All Creature Great and Small" Cecil Frances Alexander

Motto/habit training: "Obey, right away, with a joyful heart, everyday". Practice obeying (similar to Simon Says).

6. Hymn: "This is My Father's World"

   Folksongs: "Oro the Rattlin' Bog" and "The Water is Wide"

7. Picture Study/Art History: Auguste Rodin (an exhibition of his work coming to the Peabody Essex Museum, so this spring/summer we will be able to walk to see 175 of his sculptures!)

"The Thinker"

8. Benediction: Hold hands and sing the Doxology (then hugs and "I love yous" all around.)

9. Poetry and Read Alouds: If they are still happy and attentive, I read from our collection of poetry books or seasonal read alouds. This term, I'm reading a lot of spring/nature themed selections.


  1. What a beautiful post! Morning time- what a blessed opportunity! thanks for sharing. :)

  2. Yes! Do you "morning time" as well? I'd love to hear any tips! :)

  3. That sounds absolutely wonderful!

    We studied Rodin in our first term of the year and were able to visit the Rodin Sculpture Gallery at Stanford at the end of the term. It was wonderful for us to be able to see the works we studied. And I loved that my children ran up to the Burghers of Calais with an exclamation of joy and recognition and then looked them over in detail. They had really gotten to know that piece and the others we studied and they were so pleased so see them in person, and to see other pieces of his work as well. It was the first time I've been able to show the children art that we've studied, but I certainly want to do it again!

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