If you’ve done any amount of reading on blogs about incorporating the educational philosophies of Charlotte Mason into your homeschool day you’ve probably heard of morning basket time.
When I googled “Charlotte Mason morning basket” this thread came up with a whole bunch of ideas.
I choose an Amish made basket we bought on the side of the road several years back. It’s pretty and I’ve also brought it places with us when we’ve gone out. It’s a picnic basket so the top on it keeps everything inside. I keep it on a shelf on the bookcase in our living room.
The morning basket is a tool to help keep your routine flowing in your day. For example, over the last few weeks we’ve fallen into a loose routine of breakfast then chores while listening to classical music then morning time basket. It’s a good chance for me to sit down and catch my breath and pull my children in close for some snuggles. (They are 2 and 4).
Another huge benefit of the morning time basket is that there is no planning or thinking required. It’s all there. Just open the basket and begin. After about 3 weeks of doing this each morning the kids are in a habit of doing it. I also find the break between chores and the rest of our morning makes the morning go more smoothly. After I’ve spent that time with the kids they are more likely to play independently for a little while.
I choose to put just 3 things in the basket which we do every day. As I add more stuff I’ll probably go for more of a loop schedule with it where we pick up on the last item we left off on and start from there. I don’t have any plans to change anything right now though, this is working really well.
My four year old really likes to sit and be read to so this isn’t something I’m making her do. She enjoys it and most of the time my 2 year old sits through it getting up and down to play as he feels like it. We read one Beatrix Potter story. This is great for vocabulary building- there are words in here I have to look up! The stories are engaging and the illustrations are beautiful.
Every day I’ve been singing the same hymn to the children “This is My Father’s World.” I’ll continue with it until they learn it or at least learn some of it. E knows the name of it now and when I ask her what the phrase “his hands the wonders wrought” means she can answer that it means God made everything. Both the kids also point to their ears when I sing “and to my listening ears.” E has picked up on the tune a little bit, I know she can recognize the song now.
We also read one story from The Jesus Storybook Bible. E always asks for one more story from the Beatrix Potter book and this one and the answer is always, “tomorrow!” I figure limiting it will keep it interesting. Plus, Beatrix Potter stories are long and my mouth gets tired!
I’m curious- do you have a morning basket or a similar morning routine? What’s in your basket?