The Easiest Morning Time Plan Ever

Some days I wish the homeschool planning fairy would come to my house, wave her wand, and make doable plans magically appear.

What, you too?

morning time plan

Most days, though, I’m thrilled and full of joy at the thought of creating a finely crafted plan. But I realize that many people might not share my enthusiasm.

This is why I am sharing a little secret I have for super-easy Morning Time planning. The plan doesn’t have to be elaborate to be effective.

The key to an easy plan is to create categories. We often start planning by staring at a blank page and trying to come up with resources that will fit in all of those empty spaces. Instead, fill those spaces with a broad category, and then brainstorm specific resources for each category. Now all you have to do to plan a Morning Time topic is choose which resource you want to plug into each category at any given time.

This brilliant idea came from Dawn Garrett, community care coordinator here at pambarnhill.com. Dawn has the categories of hymn, Bible memory, catechism, poetry, nature, and Beauty Loop. In the Beauty Loop she includes Shakespeare, drawing, art appreciation, music appreciation and handicrafts.

You can choose any categories you want. You don’t have to create the same ones that Dawn has If you want an even longer Morning Time, you could even do more. Notice that Dawn has also grouped some categories together into a Beauty Loop, so while she is doing hymns, poems, and others every day, the subjects that are in her Beauty Loop get done less often.

To help you out with your category planning, you can use the Morning Time Master Plan printable. On the left side of the sheet, put those category topics you would like to include in your Morning Time. On the right side of the sheet, list some resources or particular items you would like to study.
morning time plan sample plan

During each term, go through and choose one item from each category for your Morning Time. You can then switch at the end of the term or even before (if your children happen to memorize a passage quicker and you need to move on).

That’s it! Simple, but effective Morning Time planning based on a few simple categories. Download your printable Master Plan to start creating your categories today.

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  • Adrienne says:

    I love the idea of a Beauty Loop! I have been trying to get handicrafts in for over a month now, and it hasn’t happened much. I never thought of including that in morning time.

    • Dawn says:

      Hi Adrienne, the beauty loop has been a plan-saver for me! I love the relief of knowing we’ll get to each part in its own time. Morning Time can be a catchall time. Once my kids knew mostly how to do the handicraft (we’re doing counted cross stitch), I can read aloud and help a little here and there.

      Enjoy! – Dawn Garrett, Community Care Coord.

  • Julia says:

    What a great article. I do a loop in the morning too (and our regular homeschool routine(! I have found that they are less stressful. We do our daily activities that consist of calendar time, and recitation for AWANA then we do our loop, which is: Nature reader and Nature Study, Poem (for October we are doing 2 Robert Frost Poems and Jabberwocky) along with a fable reading, Parable (same one all month long) with nursery rhymes, and Art Study with Art.

  • Leslie says:

    Goodness, you have great timing! I am at the end of my first term, and have for the last two days been trying to create a new term loop for morning time! I was trying to figure out how to schedule it all in, even searching your blog to see if I missed something. I’m trying to get all the reading in from AO, plus add nature study, geography, art study, and of course bible with bible verse and hymn memory work. Help! Is it that I am just trying to do too much?

    • Dawn says:

      We do AO, too, but I don’t do school readings during Morning Time. You could easily loop those other areas – or even have a couple of loops to arrange the work.

      I would caution you to start small and build slow, though. If you have an established Morning Time, great! but if you’re adding it, don’t add too much all at once. Build up to what you want.

      -Dawn, Community Care Coord.

      • Leslie says:

        Dawn, thanks! I thought maybe I could try to kill two birds with one stone, since we do AO all together right now. My oldest is only 8, so I read most of it aloud to everyone. So, you do morning time and then break off and do school readings out loud or do your kids read it to themselves?

        • Dawn says:

          We do Morning Time from 8:30-10, have a half an hour break, then go into our academic work – mostly independent, although I do occasionally read aloud too. HTH!

  • Liezel says:

    Thanks ladies you are awesome! I so appreciate the effort you put in to help others and also the frequent emails!!! I would not survive here without them!liezel

  • Tasmanian says:

    We loop Morning Time too 🙂 Yesterday we had our Bible reading, two memory verses and then had to abandon it for the sake of sanity when my older two started punching each other. Yikes. Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.

  • Cindy says:

    This plan is very similar to the one I’ve used for years. It works! (P.S. Thank you for including 100+Creative Nature Walks. :o))

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