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?
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.
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.