I think I took these pictures back in August, with the intent of sharing our morning schooling routine as we began more formal school for the year, but you know, school tends to take center stage for a while every fall, and this one has been no exception.
Now that it's October and we're more settled in our new routine, I'm taking a moment to share what we're doing on school mornings. If you would like to know more about the full run-down of our day, you can check out this post on our daily routine.
Morning school typically starts at around 10 a.m., after breakfast and morning chores.
I took these pictures the night before, knowing that the school day can sometimes get too busy for photo-taking, so the lighting isn't the best. Still, you get the idea.
Here's the setup at the kitchen table, once breakfast and morning snack have been cleaned up. (OK, so we often eat morning snack while we do morning school.) I set out binders for Ben (age 5) and Ava (age 3), which contain different work for each, at their respective level. We use (and love!) Jolanthe's binder printables from Homeschool Creations. Using her printouts we practice writing dates, time, reading the thermometer, track how many days we've been in school, and more. I laminated the sheets we use every day, so we simply wipe them off and reuse them.
FIAR week for us, so we started right in on Handwriting Without Tears work. I own both the HWT kindergarten teacher's guide and the preschool level Readiness and Writing teacher's guide, which outline daily activities for kids, each building upon the day before. If you're interested in the program I particularly recommend the kindergarten guide, and it only costs $8!
(If we happening to be rowing an FIAR book, I try to do that work in the morning while Ellie is awake because it's more family-oriented than skill work. Still, we try to be flexible.)
Here, Ava is polishing her "big line" with an old sock, as suggested in our HWT manual.
The girls leave Ben and me at the table to work together, and head into the school room to check out what I've put on their shelves for the day. They choose to work collaboratively on a letter puzzle.
That's it! What does your morning look like?