It’s August and we are officially back in school so that means that our homeschool morning basket is back in rotation! If you are unfamiliar with our morning basket, you should know this is how we begin our homeschool day. This is where I fit in all the extras I want to do with the kids that bring truth, beauty, and goodness to our homeschool. Here you’ll find our Bible, character study, memory work, chapter books or picture books I want to read to the kids, and a loop schedule of folksongs, artist study, composer study, hymns, and anything else I may want to add! Without further adieu, here’s a look at our August 2018 homeschool morning basket!
Our Morning Basket Activities
We are memorizing John 1:23 this month, as well as learning the location of several U.S. states on the map.
Our current read aloud is Kingdom Tales per the suggestion of My Father’s World. I really like this book!
I have also added in Life of Fred Apples. The kids LOVE this. I do it with all of my elementary aged children. It gets their brains working first thing in the morning and its just plain fun!
Our Morning Basket Schedule
We work in a loop through the rest of these subjects that bring beauty and goodness to our homeschool. If you aren’t familiar with a loop schedule, we choose one or two of these to do each morning and then work on one to two more the next day or whenever we can get to them. I thought about assigning specific days to each subject, but sometimes things happen and if I don’t get to a subject on its assigned day the whole schedule gets messed up. A loop schedule means we will hit each subject!
Our current poet is Walter De La Mare. I am reading through his selection available at Ambleside Online.
We are still working through Song School Spanish. I aim to do one chapter per week.
Our current folksong is The Green Grass Grew All Around.
The hymn we are working on singing together is Children of the Heavenly Father.
We are studying John Constable this term. Our current painting is Boat-building near Flatford Mill, 1815.
Our current composer is Carl Maria von Weber. We are listening to his music per the Ambleside Online recommendations.
Kindergarten Morning Basket
I like to include things for my preschoolers and kindergartner in our morning basket. We always begin our time together with a calendar time. We sing the days of the week and the months of the year. We talk about the date and the weather. Here’s what we do together.
I do not have a specific nursery rhyme this month, but we are reading from Lavender’s Blue.
I love to choose a virtue from our We Choose Virtues character cards to talk with the younger kids.
I use coloring books often in our homeschool to occupy the younger kids while I’m reading aloud.
Our current picture book is Corduroy. The kids have really enjoyed this one!
And that’s it for our morning basket this month. Be sure to come back next month to see what new things I’m adding!