8:00 – 8:30
I am pleased to have our morning basket plans done. I am really looking forward to trying some new things this year. As always, we start with a prayer and our morning offering. Then we will read a little about the Saint whose feast day it is. We will also be continuing our reading from our family bible. During Lent we are going to do a ‘Jesus Tree‘. I have planned on doing this for a few years but have never got around to it. This year I am determined to complete it.
I want to spend just a few minutes doing some singing with the kids. You know the song ‘Do Re Me’ from The Sound of Music? Well it is a bit like that but with hands signs. Here is a little explanation.
After this we will move onto our new project….doodling. I have been reading about how doodling is actually good for your brain. It is a wonderful way to learn new concepts. So all those times that you remember when you were drawing some crazy patterns on paper, you were actually doing something good! When I get put on hold on the phone I often draw weird patterns and flowers! During some of our morning time the kids will be required to put pen/pencil/texta/paint to paper. I don’t mind what they do but they must be making marks on their paper. Repetitive words/phrases/patterns are all fine. While they are doing this I will be reading poems, or teaching them a virtue, or reading Shakespeare…whatever takes my fancy that day. They may also continue drawing during our read aloud time. This term we are excited to read the sequel to Mr Lemoncello’s Library – Mr Lemoncello’s Library Olympics. It has been sitting on my desk for a few weeks and there has been at least one person who keeps trying to snatch it away – he is finding it very hard to wait until next week. We also will be reading an out of print book ‘John of the Sirius’. This fits in with our Australian history plans.
This all should take approximately 1/2 an hour. Everything during our morning basket is quick. It is designed to be little snippets of things so no one gets bored. I like to spend this time together before everyone goes off to their individual work for the day.
If you haven’t already read about my morning basket plans, you can find it here.