As I mentioned briefly last week, I have decided to let go of Morning Time, at least for awhile.
I know. Shocking, isn’t it? I mean, can you even be a homeschooler these days and not do Morning Time in some fashion? It’s talked about in glowing terms everywhere you look. There’s even a podcast dedicated to the topic. Everyone does Morning Time!
We’ve done Morning Time (MT) in some fashion for the past several years. It was a pleasant way to say, “Hey, school is starting now!” We began our morning by singing a hymn, followed by catechism study, prayers, Shakespeare or other memory work, and some read-aloud time. I used MT to include all those “extra” elements of learning that I wanted our day to include.
But after the first 3 full weeks of school, I had to admit that I had made our load too heavy. In addition to our scheduled school work, we were doing about 45 minutes of MT at the very beginning of our day, plus 45 minutes of quiet reading after lunch. We were regularly finishing our school day at 4:00 or 4:30 – and that’s with an 8:15 start!
It was too much. Following the Memoria Press core curriculum lesson plans is enough. The amount of work has been well thought-out and planned. It is a full and complete curriculum and I don’t really need to add to it.
Sometimes less really is more.
This seems to be the theme of my life right now. Hey, Melanie, you can’t do All The Things.
And so our mornings have changed. There is no official, collective, unified start to the school day. People just get up and start their day and their work. I’ve always wanted to have that relaxed atmosphere of learning in our home, but it’s eluded me. Maybe my intense need to schedule everything was actually hindering that atmosphere. But look at me now…
Between the “start whenever you want” policy, and the added 45 minutes for school work (previously used for MT), we have been finishing school sooner – more like 3:00, sometimes earlier.
And I realized, also, that we could easily change “morning time” to “family time.” We can still pray, study catechism, memorize Shakespeare, and read aloud – we’ll just do that in the evening before bedtime, and Wayne can be a part of it.
If you’re doing Morning Time at your house, and it’s fantastic and great and wonderful and you all love it, fabulous. Carry on.
But if you are trying to fit it in to an already full schedule, just because the internet says all the best homeschoolers are doing it and you should too — let it go. Put down the binder full of prayers and poetry and memory work and step away. It’ll be fine.
Are you a Morning Time rebel like me? How do you start your school day?