What we include in our Homeschool Morning Meeting
- Calendar–we go over the week’s events or the day’s events…my kids really like to know what’s going on
- Memory Work
- Vocabulary or Idiom of the Day
- Math Problem
- Art History
Memory Work, Vocabulary, and Math at Morning Meeting
- Memory work can be anything! States and capitals, the presidents, the periodic table–my kids just memorized the kings of England! We love using Thirty Days has September, a compilation of a TON of things to memorize that are set to poems or other easy ditties to make it easy to memorize. We also love Carol Barnier’s CD on ditties for memory work too.
- There’s lots of ways you can do vocabulary, but right now we are using the book 100 Words Every Middle Schooler Should Know and it works great with all my kids.
- A quick little math problem is a great way to do math in a fun way. My kids love Bedtime Math for this. Also, Daily Word Problems is a great series for every grade. I’m about to pick up a few more of these since we’ve done every problem in our Bedtime Math book.
History + Geography in Morning Meeting
- Usually, unless we’re doing a history project, our history includes some kind of reading. I was having a hard time fitting this reading time in until I realized I could incorporate it into Morning Meeting and be finished with it barely before our day started! It’s been great! So now, we do a history reading on our loop schedule. Depending on the day, we’ll do a chapter from Story of the World or out of a history read aloud or a biography. Currently, we are reading Joan of Arc by Diane Stanley. Then in the afternoon–when we have a project planned, we will do it then–after our regular math, language arts and such is finished so we don’t feel rushed or bogged down by other things.
- Geography is something that I always want to be better about covering, but aside from our regular mapwork in history, we seldom get to it. This is something else that we decided to add earlier this month. Sophia has always had a fascination with India, so I want to feed that interest. We are looking at a number of children’s atlases, coloring maps, learning cities and rivers of India, and learning about what Hinduism is. We’ve also started reading some Indian folktales as well. I am hoping we can really do some fun things this quarter with India. Things like go to an Indian restaurant, learn to tie saris, or do henna. Some fun art projects with elephants or peacocks would be great too!
Art History at Morning Meeting
- We love doing all sorts of art in our homeschool, but sometimes it’s hard to get to things like picture study and artist study and art history. I wanted to incorporate this into our Morning Meeting and it’s been working great. We don’t do art at this time, but we just read a little something about art during this time. Right now we’re reading through 13 Art Mysteries Every Child Should Know. It’s perfect for this time and it’s sparked a lot of great conversations!
Science in your Morning Meeting
Science is not our best subject, but alas, my kids are always asking to do more of it. At our new year come-to-Jesus meeting earlier this month, my kids requested we do a study on snow, winter weather, animals in winter, etc, and I obliged. I have a pile of books on request at the library and we’re reading through some of the books we already own.
We have read Over and Under the Snow and learned about the subnivian zone, which is pretty impressive because I had no idea this word even existed and we’re only doing science for 20 minutes or so, not even every day.
The kids are drawing and doing written narrations in some blank books (ours are actually paperback books from the Target Dollar Spot, but these are great too) I had and hopefully by the end of February we’ll have some fancy portfolios to show off.