One of my hopes for this year was to create some sustainable routines to encourage our homeschooling.
Our morning routine has become one of my favorite times of the day.
I wanted to share it on here in hopes of encouraging you and to have a keepsake of what we did. These seasons pass so fast!
First, in full disclosure, I have learned over the past year that I am NOT a morning person. When the girls were younger, I could get away with laying and snuggling them, getting a shower in, and then leisurely making breakfast. Now, within two minutes I hear, “Can you make lunch?” (H thinks every meal is lunch!) and “My belly is growling.” I know I have a very short length of time until meltdowns and arguments happen. Because of this I feel like our mornings can sometimes go from 0 to 60 very quickly and this is hard for my introvert personality. So, one morning after snapping about the arguments that were already happening and the spills that had occurred, I instituted the first part of our routine which is eating our first few bites in silence while listening to a worship song. The girls sing along and it gives me a few moments to breathe and pray before jumping into the chaos of the rest of our day. A few favorites are “It Is Well”, “Good, Good Father,” “Your Hands,” and “How He Loves.”
Next, we jump into our books! My favorite part of our whole routine is when H grabs the books and says “We need to read God!”
We read through “The Jesus Storybook Bible” first. We are now on our second time through and it is so fun to watch their understanding deepen.
Next, we read a passage from “Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing.” These are short lessons full of beautiful truths. Right now most of them seem to be too deep for my girls to comprehend, but they are laying the seeds for when we read through it again. The illustrations are beautiful and I have loved the basics of God’s love being poured into my own heart.
After this we spend time answering a question from our “Question A Day” book! The premise of the book is that you ask the same question over three years and see how the answers compare. Sometimes the answers are silly and sometimes it leads us into deeper conversation. It’s a great tool for a momma learning her kiddos!
The last thing we do is work on their memory verses from their “God Time” at church.
This really is such a sweet time together. There is of course plenty of arguing and “I can’t sees!” and interruptions. But it has become a staple of our day. Something that we all look forward to and a time that I really believe will foster growth in our relationship with God and with each other.
Deuteronomy 6:5-9 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words that I give you today. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you’re at home or away, when you lie down or get up. Write them down, and tie them around your wrist, and wear them as headbands as a reminder. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.