Morning baskets are the key to our daily home school success. It brings us all together and starts our day off on the right foot. We manage without it some days but our best days always include time for our morning basket. Your families basket might look very different than ours and that is completely fine. Our basket is always growing and changing throughout the month. Some months we don’t cover the same subjects but that is half the fun! Morning baskets can be whatever you make it.
Articles of Faith Flash Cards – As members of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints we have chosen to memorize 13 Principles that we believe in. The flash cards, from L. Dz Studios, are super cute and also have letter reminders to help with memorization.
Spelling Words – We are working on spelling numbers right now. I am not using any materials, we are simply chanting numbers 1-30.
Phonics/Sight Word cards – These Phonic cards are used for Kindergarten through Grade 2. For our home that is the perfect balance. It’s advanced for the toddlers and the appropriate level for my kindergartner and Grade 1.
Art Flash Cards – I wanted to introduce art into our regular life and help our kids begin to understand and appreciate the artists around the world. Usborne’s Fact Cards fit exactly what I was looking for. They had information on the back of the painting and the artist along with some simple questions to ask the kids. I was relieved that I didn’t have to know a lot about Art to bring it into our home.
Q&A a Day for Kids – These prompts are amazing! They ask a variety of questions from the goofy to the emotional and what kids think about different topics. You write the date on the top and it repeats the question for 4 years. You can truly watch your kids grow and change with their answers.
The Friend Magazine – We read one message a day. Each day is different, it could be a comic, story or art.
Collectible Cards – We adore the monthly subscription from The Red Headed Hostess. During our morning basket we ask the kids the questions from her monthly pack that coordinates with our gospel study.
Three of our kids are still mastering their letters. Each day we read at least one alphabet book to encourage them to make the letter connections. This month we are rotating between these three options.
Reading simple biographies has become one of our favorite ways to introduce our family to history. They connect with the individual and the adventures that they have. Often our biography study opens up a world of imagination for them as they act out the tales. I am 100% certain this month will be filled with pirate adventures thanks to this morning basket addition.
Who Was: Blackbeard
Our chapter books are always rolling over from month to month. Some books take longer to finish and some can be finished in one month. Whenever we finish our current book we grab the next on our shelf or whichever one needs to returned to the library next. (I miss our Library)
Meet the Austins
Our theme this month revolves around outside. Exploring nature, gardening and other fascinating aspects of the world. We usually read one page out of each of these books but if attention spans are dwindling then I will just choose one to focus on.