This year we are using A Gentle Feast which is based off of a Charlotte Mason philosophy of education. A Gentle Feast has been wonderful so far but as I planned out our first 6 weeks I decided that I wanted to incorporate a morning basket.
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What is a morning basket?
From what I’ve read and come to understand a morning basket is a little basket where you keep books outside of your curriculum. Although, I’ve seen others add in art and poetry studies as well.
But since this is our homeschool and we can do it however we want-I put our morning basket together my own way.
Inside Our Morning Basket
You want to know what I put inside our morning basket?
In fact, I use a crate. I know this idea goes outside of the original intent of a morning basket but it works well for us.
Really, part of A Gentle Feast is a Morning Time Packet.
- Bible- Memory Verses, Weekly OT and NT readings
- Hymn Study- lyrics included
- Poet Study- 3 poets for the year, all poems included
- Poetry for reciting
- Picture Study- One artist each term with hyperlinked pieces
- Composer Study- One composer each term with hyperlinked selections
- Fables/ Hero Tales
It just makes sense to have The Morning Time Packet in our morning basket.
For the picture study, I ended up printing them off on high gloss photo paper then storing it in a page protector inside our morning basket.
(I know this picture might not seem relevant here but this is a field trip to The Detroit Institute of Art which was something we all desired to do thanks to our morning packet picture study.)
Why Stop There?
Since a Charlotte Mason Philosophy uses living books and A Gentle Feast’s history rotation is taught through living books. I put all the ones we are reading in our morning basket.
Foreign Language goes inside our morning basket.
I even include the language arts packet in our morning basket.
I have several reasons for putting everything in our morning basket.
1) When we first wake up I start with a bible reading from our morning packet. I mainly keep our crate under a coffee table beside our couch. It is really nice to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee while reading the Bible with a lap full of children. It’s equally convenient to grab all that you need right there from your morning basket.
2) I can get a substantial amount of reading done in that time but eventually we have to move. I like having everything in the crate because I can carry it to the kitchen table or upstairs in our learning loft.
3) I can take it outside. Yes, sometimes we take our lessons outside and a sturdy morning basket makes it that much easier to take it all with us.
My oldest loves all things outer space. I have Look Up which is a living book about Henrietta Swan Leavitt a female astronomer. We read or my daughter tries to read it whenever she is in the mood. I also keep a solar system themed coloring book for my son in our crate. It gives him something to do that he likes while she reads up on one of the first female astronomers.
I actually have two subject that don’t go in our morning basket, Nature Study (Living science) and Math. Besides that, everything else goes in it.
Do you keep a morning basket, if so what is inside?