If you’re new to homeschool morning baskets or you’re just looking for some inspiration, here are 100+ things to put in a morning basket.
Our morning baskets have become one of our favorite things about homeschooling. The time we spend together learning and talking and reading is a real treat for this introverted homeschool family. We can dive deeper into the things we really care about and linger over our thoughts.
Confession: I’m not a morning person.
Another confession: Our morning baskets don’t always happen first thing in the morning, though that’s usually the way we do it. We do have occasional afternoon, evening, or even bedtime baskets.
One more confession: It’s okay to call it a morning basket or morning time anyway. Or afternoon time. Or together time. Or whatever works for your family!
Our morning basket has become the heart of our homeschool. We tend to cover these things in our learning together time:
- Music (this includes composers and hymns)
- Educational Games
- Nature Study
- Copywork/Memory Work/Poetry
- Critical Thinking Skills
In spite of the age differences (my daughters are 9, 11, and 16), we’ve found ways to study these things together and it has enriched us as a family.
Note: We don’t cover every single thing every single day. We’re very relaxed around here and enjoy delight-directed learning, so we tend to follow rabbit trails.
I also want to credit two of my favorite homeschooling mentors, Pam Barnhill and Sarah Mackenzie for helping me to develop this idea of morning time in our homeschool. I had tried to implement these ideas just by instinct with my girls when I found these two ladies who really guided me to visualize what I wanted from morning time in our homeschool. They gave me the confidence to put it into practice! I’ve had the pleasure of talking with Pam Barnhill and she is so smart and so generous with her knowledge. If you don’t have it yet, you need her book Better Together. I also recommend Sarah’s book Teaching from Rest. Both made me feel so much less alone in this homeschool journey and confirmed to me that I was on the right track.
There are already over 100 things listed here, but the list will continue to grow as we find new treasures to add! Be sure to bookmark, save this post on Pinterest, or share on Facebook so you can remember to come back to it again.
Chalk Pastels series of lessons — these are great for any age or skill level with lots of different topics to choose. My girls love these! Space, American Landmarks, Seasons, and more!
SQUILT — composer studies with Super Quiet Uninterrupted Listening Time. Even if you’re not familiar with classical music or famous composers, this study makes it easy.
Maestro Classics series of CDs — great classical music to listen to with great stories to go with it.
A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers from Bright Ideas Press
Timeless Hymns for All Ages is a lovely study of six favorite hymns:
- What a Friend We Have in Jesus
- The Old Rugged Cross
- It is Well with My Soul
- Take My Life and Let It Be
- Amazing Grace
- Blessed Assurance
The One Year Mother-Daughter Devo by Dannah Gresh — we read devotions from this book together and talk about Biblical life application.
Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids about God and Science by Louie Giglio
Case for Christ for Kids by Lee Strobel
Case for Faith for Kids by Lee Strobel
Case for a Creator for Kids by Lee Strobel
Case for Grace for Kids by Lee Strobel
Fearless Faith: 100 Devotions for Girls by Melanie Shankle, for ages 8 and up, includes a verse, encouragement, and activity and/or questions to apply
You’re God’s Girl! A Devotional for Tweens by Wynter Pitts
U.S.A. State-by-State Geography Notebook— this includes notebooking and coloring pages for each state with information about the capital, the state bird, state flower, and more.
History through the Ages timeline project
The Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis
The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Christy by Catherine Marshall
A Man Called Peter by Catherine Marshall
The Story Girl series by L.M. Montgomery
The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories by William J. Bennett
Betsy Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace
The Little Women series by Louisa May Alcott
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Bank
All-of-a-Kind Family series by Sydney Taylor
Leah’s Pony by Elizabeth Friedrich
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Obviously, I could go on and on with wonderful read-alouds to include, but these are a few of our favorites. You can find more of our favorite books in these posts:
10 Chapter Books Chosen by a 10 Year Old
101 Books Every Girl Should Read
Our Favorite Caldecott Honor Books
Classic Books for Girls
List of classics by grade level with free printable pdf guide
I also recommend the Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie for more ideas.
The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease is a highly recommended classic guide, as well.
Professor Puzzle Great Minds Set of 5 wooden puzzles (comes in historical women or men sets)
Professor Noggin’s History of Art Trivia Card Game(more appropriate for middle school and up)
Mad Libs — there are many to choose from and they’re a fun way to learn grammar!
Poetry for Kids: Emily Dickinson— 35 poems, divided into sections by season, grade 3 and up
Poetry for Kids: Robert Frost— includes 35 poems chosen for ages 8-14
Poems to Learn by Heart by Caroline Kennedy — beautiful watercolor paintings are paired with poems that children will appreciate and memorize. Poems for any occasion!
Poetry for Kids: Carl Sandburg — you might guess by now that I enjoy this series of Poetry for Kids. They include definitions of key words, a bit about each poet’s life, and provide a gentle introduction to classic poetry.
Everyday Gratitude: A Thankfulness Journal
NaturExplorers Unit Studies — there are several studies (trees, animals, birds, seasons, and more) in this series that can be used for a wide range of ages.
Lapbooks — the girls can often work on lapbooks together in spite of their age differences. We tend to study historical topics with these as we read aloud living history books, or topics of special interest to all three girls, such as horses or other favorite animals or geographical locations.
Critical Thinking Skills
I do rotate resources frequently, depending on our progress and what our interests might be at the moment. This is also when I include themed books and studies for the season or holidays.
I hope these 100+ things to put in a morning basket have inspired you to try this in your homeschool!
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As an expert in homeschooling, I can provide valuable insights and knowledge on various aspects of homeschooling. I have a deep understanding of the concepts and strategies involved in creating a morning basket, which is a popular practice among homeschooling families.
In the article provided, the author discusses the concept of morning baskets and shares over 100 ideas for things to include in a morning basket. A morning basket is a collection of materials and activities that homeschooling families use to start their day together. It typically includes subjects such as art, music, Bible, geography, history, read-alouds, educational games, journaling, nature study, copywork/memory work/poetry, notebooking/lapbooking, and critical thinking skills.
The author suggests including resources such as "The Art Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained" by DK, the Chalk Pastels series of lessons, and "The Drawing Book for Kids: 365 Daily Things to Draw, Step by Step." They also mention keeping art supplies like the Crayola Inspiration Art Case, sketch books, chalk pastels, and paints handy for morning time.
For music, the author recommends resources like SQUILT (Super Quiet Uninterrupted Listening Time) for composer studies, "The Classical Music Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained" by DK, the Maestro Classics series of CDs, and "Story of the Orchestra: Listen While you Learn about the Instruments, the Music, and the Composers" (book with CD). They also suggest a study called "Timeless Hymns for All Ages" that covers music, Bible, copywork, memory work, and history.
In terms of Bible resources, the author suggests "The One Year Mother-Daughter Devo" by Dannah Gresh, the Adventure Bible (NIV): Polar Exploration Edition, "The Bible Explorer’s Guide: 1000 Amazing Facts and Photos," and "Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids about God and Science" by Louie Giglio. They also mention several books by Lee Strobel, including "Case for Christ for Kids," "Case for Faith for Kids," "Case for a Creator for Kids," and "Case for Grace for Kids."
For geography, the author recommends the "U.S.A. State-by-State Geography Notebook" which includes notebooking and coloring pages for each state, as well as flashcards for the flags of the U.S. states.
In terms of history, the author suggests incorporating read-alouds such as "The Narnia Chronicles" by C.S. Lewis, "The Little House" series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and "The Anne of Green Gables" series by L.M. Montgomery. They also mention books like "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen, "Christy" by Catherine Marshall, and "A Man Called Peter" by Catherine Marshall.
The author provides a list of recommended read-alouds, including "The Story Girl" series by L.M. Montgomery, "The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories" by William J. Bennett, and the "Betsy Tacy" series by Maud Hart Lovelace. They also recommend the books "Caddie Woodlawn" by Carol Ryrie Bank and "All-of-a-Kind Family" series by Sydney Taylor.
The author suggests incorporating educational games into the morning basket, such as various versions of bingo (Bird Bingo, Ocean Bingo, Wildlife Bingo, Bug Bingo, Butterfly Bingo, Wildflower Bingo, Science Bingo, Space Bingo, Bible Bingo, Nature Bingo, and Music Bingo). They also mention card games related to topics like presidents of the United States, American Revolution, geography of the United States, monkey fractions, brain teasers, inventions, and more.
The author recommends resources for copywork, memory work, and poetry, including books like "Poetry for Kids: William Shakespeare," "Poetry for Kids: Emily Dickinson," "Poetry for Kids: Robert Frost," and "Poems to Learn by Heart" by Caroline Kennedy. They also mention specific copywork and memorization printables related to the Fruit of the Spirit.
The author suggests using various journals in the morning basket, such as reflective journals for homeschool moms, prayer journals for kids, family journals, and goal tracking journals.
For nature study, the author recommends using unit studies from the NaturExplorers series, as well as flashcards for backyard birding.
The author suggests using lapbooks as a way to study historical topics or topics of interest. They mention using lapbooks in conjunction with read-alouds and studying specific themes.
Critical Thinking Skills
In terms of critical thinking skills, the author recommends resources like mini mysteries books, which provide tricky tales to untangle, and one-minute mysteries books that involve solving mysteries using science or math.
These are just some of the ideas and resources mentioned in the article. The author encourages readers to bookmark or save the post for future reference, as the list of ideas is continually growing.