What is a morning basket?
I quickly wanted to answer all the FAQ’s related to morning baskets in one post. Here you go
I first came upon Morning Basket when I read one of the volumes written by Charlotte Mason.
As I read I was more drawn to this simple idea and how it could work for us effortlessly.
The whole idea inspired me and the very fact that it is easy to get started had me excited. I was hooked immediately.
If you didn’t know – Charlotte Mason philosophy (like Montessori) is more religion based. But it doesn’t mean it can’t fit in all homes. You just have to take what works for you and let go of the rest.
Now what is a morning basket?
It is not intense like it sounds.It is just a simple idea of spending our morning time together as a family.
What do we do then?
It is more of Read-alouds, poetry recitals and most importantly focuses on relationships and the time spent together. For now we focus just on the read alouds.
Because it gives your day a good start because you are basically doing what you love first thing in the morning. If you are home learning – the best part of the day (mornings) are spent learning.
Even if the rest of your day doesn’t go as planned, you have done your learning part of the day.
What do you need?
A basket/tray/just a cardboard box where you can place what you need for your morning reading.
I sometimes add a board game or a toy in our basket which my children can play after our read alouds(optional)
A parent with a cup of coffee and a child/children to read,cuddle and smile more.
How can you get started?
There could be no better time than this lockdown to start with this. Because no morning school rush.
- Start slow and add more as you go.Do a little bit each day.
- Pick only few books and keep it short like 15-20 mins.
- Add more books for which you could not find time to cover it through the day.
- Have your children get their baskets ready. You can drop in 1-2 books from your end.
This simple idea has been used over three decades and tried and tested by many homeschooling families and has worked well for most of them.
Even if you are not a book parent , I insist you try this with your little one.
It turned out to be a blessing for us and I am sure it will soon be yours too.
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