Morning Time In Practice + FREE Poetry Mini-Unit
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I hope I am not sounding like a broken record.
By now, you probably know that I am pretty passionate about the practice called “morning time” in the homeschool day. To read up on how we have enjoyed this thirty to forty-five minute period, try these blog posts:
Make Morning Time More Beautiful
History Lessons, Book Lists and Morning Time
While I love singing hymns and reading about history, I cannot contain my excitement surrounding our “beauty loop” for the upcoming school year (for a rising third grader and kindergartener).
The beauty loop has its benefits. First of all, you are able to rotate subject areas on a three to four day “loop”, allowing everyone to get acquainted with composers through composer study, artists through picture study, and poets through their poetry and accompanying biographies. If you missed the free planning template for the beauty loop, feel free to grab it below.
Secondly, I love how deep we can dive with our subjects. We have studied A.A. Milne for a solid semester this year. We studied Bach for at least six months of the school year, and we have been able to get acquainted with Michelangelo for the past three months. I have found that this deeper “friendship” lasts throughout a lifetime, as I myself am forever changed and tethered to the minds behind the great works.
Morning Time Beauty Loop Plan
Right now, I’d like to share the nitty gritty of our upcoming year’s beauty loop by inserting our plans. These are not set in stone, but I have already gathered my books and have linked the resources we’ll use during the loop below for you. I am making units to go along with each poetry study (designated by term). I hope this helps you in some way to at least visualize what it can look like.
If you’d like to snag a FREE mini-unit for our Robert Louis Stevenson poetry study, I invite you to subscribe to My Little Brick Schoolhouse community. You can do that below.
If you want to purchase A Child’s Garden of Verses to go along with the unit (not necessary, but recommended), Amazon is offering a great price right now.
Beauty Loop is a 3-day rotation, change topic each term:
|POETRY (day 1)||Robert Louis Stevenson|
Term project: dramatization of 1 poem
|A.A. Milne3 poems|
Term project: cereal box biography
Term project: lap book biography
|Favorite Poems Old & New – seasonal themes|
6 poems *include poetry of Wilhelm Muller, a contemporary of Schubert
Term project: compose an original seasonal poem
|Eugene Field (Field Poetry)|
Term Project: create a comic strip to summarize one of Field’s poems
|Jack Prelutsky |
6 poems from Ride A Purple Pelican
Term project: plan a poetry tea and invite someone special to hear recitations and view accompanying artwork (gallery walk)
|COMPOSER STUDY – Classical period|
|Schubert (first 2-3 weeks focus on biography)||Schubert||Schubert||Beethoven(first 2-3 weeks focus on biography)||Beethoven||Beethoven|
|The Stuff They Left Behind: Ancient Rome (Simply Charlotte Mason)||The Stuff They Left Behind: Ancient Rome||The Stuff They Left Behind: Ancient Rome||Giotto (Simply Charlotte Mason)||Raphael (Simply Charlotte Mason)||free choice (tracing favorite works with pencil and tracing paper with narration)|
Resources Used in Morning Time
Doxology (reference: YouTube “Doxology: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”)
Singing the Great Hymns (Simply Charlotte Mason)
A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne
Who Was A.A. Milne? by Sarah Fabiny
AmblesideOnline Poetry Anthology Volume 2: Walter de la Mare, Eugene Field, James Whitcomb Riley and Christina Rossetti
Favorite Poems Old and New by Helen Ferris
Schubert’s Winterreise: A Winter Journey in Poetry, Image and Song by Franz Schubert, Wilhelm Muller and Katrin Talbot
Ride A Purple Pelican by Jack Prelutskty
Music Study With the Masters: Schubert (Simply Charlotte Mason)
Music Study With the Masters: Beethoven (Simply Charlotte Mason)
The Stuff They Left Behind: from the Days of Ancient Rome (Simply Charlotte Mason)
Picture Study Portfolios: Giotto (Simply Charlotte Mason)
Picture Study Portfolios: Raphael (Simply Charlotte Mason)
Does this help you in some way? Please feel free to comment below, and ask any questions by emailing me: firstname.lastname@example.org