Cindy calls it Morning Time. She has 20 Morning Time posts: you will be inspired to read them all. We call it Morning Routine. This is the time we begin together at the table. I am remodeling our Morning Routine this week. Exercise, brekkers and shower come first on both plans.
Read chapter of Bible from what we were studying at the time
Sing Psalm mix learning new ones with reviewing familiar ones
Pray don’t ask me why, but this has always followed the singing
Read Psalm from the Vulgate One verse in English, one in Latin
Read Catechism question Currently WLC
Read a poem reading through different anthologies
Pray We will begin with the daily prayer from the Lutheran Book of Prayer. It has four weeks of daily prayers. I would like our prayer life to grow in maturity; I like the tone and posture of these prayers. On a tired Friday morning I want us to pray, “Send me, O Lord, into the tasks of this day rejoicing.”
Read chapter of Proverbs This is how we began school back in 1994, our first year of home schooling. I’m returning to my roots, at least for autumn. I even like the idea of picking one verse and copying it in a journal. I remember one of my former lit students told me he was working on handwriting, and he was a high school junior at the time.
Sing Psalm Continue on our course with more emphasis on memorization. My husband puts me to shame with the hymns and psalms he has stored in his head. He works on them on his lunch half hour. Many psalms we sing are challenging musically; I have a fond hope that my son is improving in musical sight reading.
Catechism Continue through WLC; re-evaluate when we are completed. This makes me laugh, though. When I was growing up catechism is what the poor kids in the Catholic church did.
Poetry Continue through The Top 500 Poems for three weeks of the month. [Oh – Oh – and when we complete that the next anthology is The Oxford Book of English Verse. Yippee!! ] One week during the month we will focus on one poet (Frost, Service, Cowper, Bradstreet, Kipling, etc.). My greatest aid in sustaining any interest in poetry in my son has been Jeeves and Wooster. More than once, Collin has read or listened to a story that referenced a poem the same week that we had read it. The glow of recognition keeps us going.
Art This is an addition which requires more thought and planning on my part. We have several books to work from. I like the drip, drip of daily exposure with a concentrated focus on one artist, one week a month. I plan to watch Sister Wendy’s art films to educate myself.
When I get to this point, I always want to add more. One year we read through Grant & Wilbur’s Christian Almanac. I’d love to do that again. I’d love to read the Proverbs in the Vulgate. I’d love to work through our set of People and Places and pray for the nations, learning a microbit about them each day. I’d love to incorporate prayer for those being martyred, to raise our awareness of our brothers and sisters in chains.
This is where my husband shines. He has such a skill at estimating the time it takes and making priorities. He’s always subscribed to the philosophy of Do A Few Things Well.