WHAT’S IN YOUR BASKET?

NEW PODCAST is up! “What’s in Your Basket?: Begin Your Day with Morning Time”

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  • Looking for ways to save time and money?
  • Do you want to learn more as family?
  • Are you tired of everyone going to separate rooms to learn during the day?
  • Is your pile of “We will get to that when we have time” growing?
  • Are you trying to figure out how to start school at breakfast and be done by lunch?
  • Did you want your homeschooling day to be more family-centered and less “school-like”?

If you are mumbling these questions at the end of each day or grumbling in your heart some of these exact feelings, then I suggest you start a morning time routine!

Cindy Rollins, the author of A Handbook to Morning Time and the book Mere Motherhood: Morning Times, Nursery Rhymes, and My Journey Toward Sanctification, is the go-to person on this precious morning time practice.  Pam Barnhill calls it Morning Basket Time and has created some wonderful resources you can purchase at her website. In our home, we called it “Mom Time.”

No matter what you call it, all you need is a basket full of things you want to read, do and learn as a family. Yep, it really is that simple!

LISTEN to this week’s Coffee With Carrie episode, “What’s in Your Basket?”

In this episode, I share a sample of what we did during our morning time or “Mom Time” when the kids were younger. In the episode, I focused on PreK-8th grade ideas. As promised in the podcast, I have listed below the resources mentioned with links.

I didn’t want my homeschooling moms with teens to feel left out, so below I also listed resources with links you can add to your basket if you have older students or if all of your kids are in high school. Just because your kids are older doesn’t mean you can’t begin or continue this precious morning “Mom Time” routine. To prove it to you, I listed some recourses just for teens too.

I pray this week’s Coffee With Carrie Podcast blesses you, inspires you, and encourages you!

God bless,

Carrie De


resources mentioned in podcast

DK Illustrated Family Bible

Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids About God and Science by Louie Giglio

Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World by Julia Rothman

Tales from the Odyssey Part 1 and 2 by Mary Pope Osborne

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright!: An Animal Poem for Every Day of the Year (Poetry Collections) by Fiona Waters 

Draw Write Now Book 6: Animals and Habitats: On Land, Ponds and Rivers, Oceans by Marie Hablitzel 

Mad Libs

Story Starter Website and Writing Prompt Ideas

Michelangelo: Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists by Venezia

Sir Cumference Series by Cindy Neuschwander 

Multiplication Slat and Multiplication War

MORNING BASKET TIME FOR TEENS to supplement younger basket(SAMPLE)

Elements of Faith Devotional by Richard Duncan (use this instead of Indescribable Devotional) or have teen read this on his own for personal quiet time)

Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey (read this instead if everyone is 7th grade and older)

Absolute Zero Card Game (play this game too if you have 7th-12th graders)

How To Draw Animals by Polly Pinder (give this to teen to use when younger students are drawing animals)

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright!: An Animal Poem for Every Day of the Year (Poetry Collections) by Fiona Waters (full of classic poets too for high schoolers)

Mad Libs (great way to review grammar)

Story Starter Website and Writing Prompt Ideas (use same prompts but require longer entries in writing journal)

Michelangelo: Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists by Venezia

Sir Cumference Series by Cindy Neuschwander (your teen will appreciate the puns and have a few “ah ha” moments as you read it as a family)