Monday, June 27, 2016

What's in Our Morning Basket - Summer 2016

This weekend I refreshed our daily Morning Basket for the summer months; new memory work, poetry, songs, art and stories have been collected, printed and are ready to go.  An important aspect of a Charlotte Mason education is offering an abundant "feast" of living ideas.  Our Morning Basket is one way I provide my children a feast to nourish their minds, hearts and souls. 

An important note: we do not do all of these elements every day. At the bare minimum we do the invocation, prayer, scripture and doxology.  We rotate many elements and review old memory work/songs depending on the time we have on that particular day or the kids attention/mood etc.  Even though I like to have each part planned and ready in our basket, we are very laid back and sometimes do more and sometimes do less. It is important to me that this is delightful and not a chore. Read more about our Morning Basket habit HERE.

Morning Basket: Summer Season

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

2. Calendar/Nature Study- Review plans for the day, look outside and record weather and nature observations. Identify common local birds with Sibley's Birding flashcards.

3. Bible- Read a story from "The Children's Bible in 365 Stories" and a Psalm or Proverb from Scripture.

4. Prayer- Discuss and list what each person is thankful for and record prayer requests/answers to prayer in our prayer journal. Pray together. 

5. Memory Work- 

   Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ("There is a time for everything...")

   Motto/habit training: "There is a time for everything" (discuss the idea that both our actions and the timing of our actions is important to God)

    Poetry- "Ducks Ditty" By Kenneth Graeme

6. Music- 
   Hymn: "Fairest Lord Jesus"

   Folksongs: "The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night", "The Crabfish"

7. Picture Study/Art History: Henri Matisse

"Open Window, Collioure" 1905
"Harmony in Red" 1908
"The Snail" 1953

8. Poetry and Read Alouds- Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes, Selections from Book 2, "Story Time" from the My Book House collection. 

9. Benediction- Hold hands and sing the Doxology (then hugs and "I love you's" all around.)

Summer Read Alouds:

The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
Mother West Wind's Children by Thornton Burgess

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