I’ve been sharing our homeschool morning basket here on the blog for over a year now. I love to look back and see how our homeschool morning time has evolved. We are currently trying a new approach to presenting elements of our homeschool morning time. We are using homeschool morning time menus and I’m going to show you how we use them today!
Homeschool Morning Time Menus
I first saw the idea for homeschool morning time menus on Instagram. We have tried using a binder to hold all of our papers and since I use The Homeschool Garden morning time, I have even gone the route of just reading from my computer screen.
I now have two children who are independent readers, so when we are doing memory work they really need their own sheets. I think whichever Mom came up with the idea to use restaurant menus for homeschool is a genius. I bought a pack of two restaurant menus for $13.99. I like using these because they work better than bulky binders when you just have a few items you want to keep.
What is in a Morning Time Menu?
I started with a cover page for each morning time menu. I really like the Charlotte Mason motto, “I Am, I Can, I Ought, I Will,” so I chose those cover pages from a couple of printable Charlotte Mason homeschool planners that I own. I chose a floral print from this Charlotte Mason planner for my daughter, and a more minimalist print from a different Charlotte Mason planner for my son. These motto printables are really cute, too.
Next, I wanted a piece of memory work from our main curriculum. We are working on memorizing The Ten Commandments, so I chose a simple Ten Commandments printable.
I do like how easy it is to print pieces from The Homeschool Garden, so I went ahead and printed the memory work for our current session. We are working on a Psalm and a piece from Romeo and Juliet.
Sometimes we do the hymn from The Homeschool Garden and sometimes we do the monthly hymn from Happy Hymnody. I have the printable from Happy Hymnody in our morning time menus.
I also always keep a copy of our current folksong in our morning time menu. We all need the words in front of us to learn the song!
Lastly, we are currently learning several Catholic prayers. I bought a printable pack from Teachers Pay Teachers and chose The Apostle’s Creed and Our Father to work on reciting together.
I definitely think the morning time menus are perfect for any memory work you are working on. I’ve even seen one homeschool mom make a preschool menu with tracing printables with the idea that the child uses a dry erase marker on the menu directly.
How To Make a Homeschool Morning Time Menu
In order to make your morning time menu, purchase a pack of restaurant menu covers. I personally chose the 4 page 8 view restaurant menu covers.
Choose what you want to print. You can print double sided on cardstock to make the pages easier to insert, or you can print on regular printer paper like I did. I put my pages back to back and carefully slide them into the menu covers.
Now, when it’s morning time we just pull out our morning time menus and we are ready to go!
I hope you’ve found this idea useful! It’s been great for our homeschool!
See all of our homeschool morning basket posts for more inspiration!