After a year of listening to Pam Barnhill’s Your Morning Basket, I have high goals and great resources for our morning time. We did morning time last year, but it always felt a bit helter-skelter and our binders fell into disarray. I’m going to refresh our binders at the beginning of each month for now with the goal of being able to put together a whole term at a time eventually. This is the only school Miri is required to attend, so I aim for activities she will enjoy. I also include the subjects we tend to miss if they aren’t done first thing in the morning.

School uniforms are an important part of us actually getting dressed before morning time! I know this is controversial in homeschooling, but I just can’t take myself seriously as a teacher if my kids are in pjs, so we have two sets of uniform dresses and three sets of Cat & Jack graphic shirts with coordinating capris. It vital for me to reduce the decision fatigue and conflict associated with getting dressed in the morning!


Hymn – Hymns at Home  We are redoing the 2016-2017 selections because I never quite got in a groove with hymns last year. I love that this site has the exact lyric sheets they used available to download.

Catechism – New City Catechism This handy app and free songs have streamlined our catechism routine. I was very encouraged by this Ask Pastor John about memorizing a catechism and Scripture.

Psalms – We are doing Psalm 1, 16, 19, 23 (review), 42, and 100 (Thanksgiving). The goal is to do about one a month, but I’ll slow down if needed. We memorize Psalms in the KJV to appreciate the historic language and learn the rhythm of this classic poetry.

Passages – Someone gave me Abeka’s first grade curriculum and I copied the suggested passages for first grade. I love not having to make decisions!

Foreign Language

Speaking Spanish with Miss Mason and François – I’ve been so happy with this program! It wasn’t free, but we will be able to use it for years. We are going to add a new series every other week and do them with the audio just like our other memorization selections.

Lyric Language Spanish – This dvd/cd set is available at our library! I’m so glad I didn’t have to track down a used set because it’s out of print. It also includes lyric sheets with cute illustrations.

Folk Songs

Wee Sing America & Wee Sing Sing-Alongs – We are singing a new song each week from each cd. We don’t review since we listen to these cds all the time.

Poetry Recitation

I still need print out and sort all the poems we’ve learned from Worlds of Learning, but we don’t have too many, so review isn’t that difficult right now.

Poems – I like to have one poem a month that’s seasonal. His Mercy is New has printables for poems, hymns, and scriptures for each month. I’m just using the poems this year, but I’m keeping it in mind for the future.

Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization I downloaded the first unit during a giveaway, and I got the teacher’s manual of an older edition on the free table at the Community Homeschool Center, but when we finish up the first 20 poems, I’ll have to break down and buy the new edition.


AO Artist – We are using art prints and referencing this Rubens Picture Study put together by an AO mom.

AO Composer – There are two composers scheduled, but we only have a Telemann cd and Jason loves listening to it, so we are spreading out Telemann to cover our first term of the year.


5 thoughts on “Fall Morning Time Plan

  1. I am with you on the getting dressed thing. We don’t do uniforms (though I think my girls would love that) but I require them to get dressed before breakfast which helps move that along and give me time to put it together. Occasionally, like today, I had to make an exception for Clair because Jade was still sleeping when she came out and them getting dressed was hard after breakfast. Normally they wake up at the same time though.

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