Friday, March 18, 2016

Morning Meeting

Homeschooling is always tough for me in the month of February!  It's hard because of several different reasons...

One...It's the middle of winter and my kids and I are tired of being cooped up and inside. Blah...winter is my least favorite season!

Two...The newness of the new year has worn off and spring break is at least 6 weeks out and we are really wanting a break!

Three...There is still a lot of work to be done and March/April gain momentum as we prepare for end-of-the-year projects, memory master, plays, etc. February can feel overwhelming because there is still so much more work to cover and sometimes it does't feel so fun. This is the time of year where I loose my spark for homeschooling and need a much needed reset!

As January came to a close, I knew I needed to switch some things up to help me as I journeyed through February...a.k.a..."the burnout month." Our typical morning usually began with devotions and then we headed right into our core subjects. But I'm switching things up and we are going to begin our mornings with a morning meeting that will be around 1 hour. Here is our schedule... 

Daily, we will still begin with devotions, then talk about our day/week that I call calendar. Lastly, we will do our memory work. We are apart of a Classical Conversations community and our memory work comes out of that program.

Devotions:  We read 1 story a day out of our devotional and then in the afternoon we have been working on Drawing through the Bible. I can't wait to share about that soon!

Memory Work:  All of our materials come from Classical Conversations or CC Connected.

Each day, we will only cover a few of the items under the learning loop, but throughout the week we will cover all of them.  Here is what we will be doing...
History- Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer (not pictured) and books for a read aloud.  Currently, we are reading about King Tut.  We may only read for 10 minutes, but sometimes continue reading in the afternoon.

Geography- Draw Africa by Kristin j. Draeger

Latin- Song School Latin Book 1 by Amy Rehn

Math- flashcards, games, mental math, Bedtime Math.
Art/Music- Artist study, Art History, Music Theory;  Currently, we are working on Music Theory, since my kids are taking piano lessons and need help learning the notes.  

Science- Read aloud.  Currently, we are learning about natural disasters.  We only will read 2-3 pages out of the book and then discuss.

Lastly, I have everything bundled up in a cute basket!  We do our morning meeting at the kitchen table or up at the bar, right after breakfast.

I used to do all of these things after our core subjects (math, writing, reading, spelling), but I feel like I'm much more productive doing them first thing in the morning.


  1. Can I just steal all of your ideas please! You never cease to amaze me. I love some of these ideas and now I need to sit down and do some restructuring myself!

  2. Thanks for sharing these details regarding morning Meeting. It seems to be quite informative. I am looking for event venues for our upcoming monthly meeting. This time it’s my responsibility to host the event.