Daniel / Homeschool / Violet

Mornings, Mainly

Every family has their own morning routine.  And I know a whole lotta homeschool moms rise before the sun, spend hours in personal devotion, prepare lesson plans, shower and make breakfast all before the kids wake up.

We are not that family.

Our mornings start closer to the hour of 8:30 or 9:00 a.m. (shocking, I know) which is typically when our children climb into bed with me.  I think I’m still recovering from all those years as an early riser.

At this point, usually Fernando has already gone to work and so the three remaining Amaros lay around in pajamas for a few minutes, waking up… slowly… together.  It’s bliss.  The waking up then turns into cuddling which turns into tickling which turns into general rambunctiousness.

What happens next determines the tone of the whole day.  Mornings are just that important.

From trial and error, here is our current morning approach – the recipe for a good start to the day in our house:

  1. Must stay in pajamas at least an hour.  Minimum.
  2. Morning meal.  Obviously.  The rest of this list should happen WHILE consuming morning meal together.
  3. Mozart music is best for background noise.  Mentally stimulating, but not overbearing and far superior to silence.  Note: Avoid requiems before noon.  Trust me on this.
  4. Memory verse recap.  Just keeps our hearts in line.
  5. Magazine reading.  God’s World Today is a great one for keeping little brains open to what’s happening around the world.  Little golden nuggets of fabulous non-fiction – mostly history, geography and current affairs.  Today’s readings included a bit on the Emancipation Proclamation and Abraham Lincoln’s stance on slavery, how Venezuelan cacao beans are turns into chocolate, service dogs for military veterans and the trend in gold mining in California. These (super random but fun) nuggets load up the kids with creative play ideas while I clean up breakfast and we proceed with the rest of the day.
  6. My Mood is really the most pivotal part of all of this.  If I’m happy, they’re happy.  (“If Mama ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy…”)  Simple as that.  So I suppose most of the above list has to do with making sure I’m ready to deal with the world.

I’m sure we’ll change it after a few weeks, but so far, this formula is working for us.  The best part is, I don’t have to get up at 5:00 a.m. to make sure it’s a good day.  And to these sleep-deprevation-recovering-ears, those are magical words.

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