{Morning Basket} Spring 2017

What do you call a Morning Basket that you do in the afternoon?

We have no idea, maybe you can give us some ideas. We’ve been doing some version of Morning Baskets for years now, but it suits us better in the afternoon in this season.  We’ve tried renaming it: Afternoon Basket doesn’t have the right ring to it, Truth, Goodness, and Beauty Basket is a mouthful, The TGB confused us with The BFG, The Enrichment basket sounds like we need puffed sleeves and accents in order to participate.

I digress…

We still call it the Morning Basket.  Whatever we call it, it will forever be a staple in our days.  I adore how it has the flexibility to be “filled” with whatever I please, while still adding structure to our day.  Those are the homeschooling beauties I am after, and one of the reasons I love Charlotte Mason’s methodology.  Give me structure, but allow me the flexibility to carry it out as I please.  Not to mention, I treasure anything that brings my 3, 7, and 12 year olds together; the years are short.

While in the past we’ve covered everything from character to math puzzles to Shakespeare during this time, adding piles upon piles of books to the existing piles of books of required reading in our day, this is a season of simplicity for our family. Just because something is simple doesn’t mean it isn’t meaningful; this is my goal for our Morning Basket right now.


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Everything is better in a basket. *smile*


Here’s what we are doing for our Morning Basket this spring term!


  • Doxology
  • Training Hearts, Teaching Minds by Starr Meade
  • Recitation
    • Psalm 91
    • “The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stategems, and spoils.  The motions of his spirit are dull as night, and his affections dark as Erebus.” -The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare
    • “The quality of mercy is not strained.  It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath…  It is enthroned in the hearts of kings; it is an attribute of God himself, and earthly power doth then show likest God’s when mercy seasons justice.  Therefore, Jew, though justice be thy plea, consider this: That in the course of justice none of us should see salvation.  We do pray for mercy, and that same prayer doth teach us all to render the deeds of mercy.” – The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare
    • Each child is memorizing a poem of their choice this term
  • Singing:


  • Artist Monday – James McNeill Whistler, following AO’s artist rotation
  • Poetry Tuesday – A Child’s Book of Poems and Carl Sandburg, corresponding to the kid’s AO schedules
  • Composer Wednesday – Carl Ditters Von Dittersdorf, following AO’s rotation
  • Nature Lore Thursday – currently enjoying Colorado Nature Almanac
  • Free Friday  – they choose what we learn about this day; it’s usually along the lines of something artistic {SP}, requiring we call ourselves Master Builders and sing “Everything is awesome” {JC}, or a little pretend play as we chase each other around with ‘tiger claws’ {MP}.


Simple and meaningful.

Do you have a Morning Basket?







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