Mornings are my favorite.
It’s a time that my kids are loving. Not only to me, but usually still to each other.
We keep our morning basket in the playroom, that way we can ease in to the day.
I try to meet my kids where they are in the mornings only because, they are usually in the playroom anyway when I am ready to start our day.
We start each day together with our morning basket doing some calendar time. My kids are still young and they all enjoy some plain old circle time. Think of a traditional preschool setting and that’s about what it looks like for the morning.
We start with the months of the year song and the days of the week song, to the beat of the Adam’s Family theme song. We than go into some song request time from the kiddos. Dil, my 3 year old will always pick the ABC song or maybe the song Jesus Loves Me. Austin will usually pick a family shark song that we all love and Lilly my oldest, is my wild child so, it’s always a surprise on what she will pick. We do add a couple books into the mix, Grace For The Moments and 365 Days of Wonder.
We start with the months of the year song and the days of the week song, to the beat of the Adam’s Family theme song. We go into some song request time from the kids. Dil my 3 year old will always pick the ABC song or maybe Jesus Loves Me. Austin will usually pick a family shark song that we all love and Lilly my oldest, is my wild child so, it’s always a surprise on what she will pick. We do add a couple books into the mix, Grace for the moments and 365 Days of Wonder.
Next we will sing the ABC song if we have not yet already or sing it again and directly go into an ABC book. Or even read our tried and true fun ABC storybook from All About Reading for Dilynn. We will than read a poem or two. Our poem books do get changed out I would say monthly, maybe every couple months? This month we are reading from Silverstein, Every Thing On It.
I start to loose kids attention about this time, if I haven’t yet already. The kids know they can start to play quietly. Just not together, is my only big rule. They can do puzzles, play tinker toys, blocks, or even kitchen as long as they are doing it quietly. Kitchen is usually what my one year old will do and she can stay and play for a while which allows us to get some fun reading in.
As they start to play I will start in on our book of the week and our read a loud. As I am writing this we are currently reading: Calendar Mysteries April Adventures. The book of the week is Sneetches by Dr. Seuss; which I was excited about because I had never read it and of course it is a great moral book! I also threw in The Tiny Seed this week just for the mere fact we have been doing a lot of gardening lately.
Things that do stay in our morning basket would be ABC flash cards and a Illustrated Family Bible to reference. I would love to hear what you do in your morning school time. Do you use a basket? Do your mornings each day look the same?
I plan to add to our basket as time goes on, but currently am truly loving the simplicity of our morning basket.