YMB #46 A Morning Time Variation: A Conversation with Mystie Winckler

In addition to your more traditional Morning Time we are hearing from moms more and more about Morning Time variations that they are using to enhance their homeschools. Today on the podcast Mystie Winckler is back talking about her Elementary Lessons.

These are a separate, mini-co-op style session her family does with another family a couple of times each week. But it also looks suspiciously like Morning Time. Check it out.

Links and resources from today’s show:

Key Ideas about Elementary Lessons in Your Morning Time

Elementary lessons is a kind of mini co-op where a few families get together and share the load of homeschooling. The focus for the elementary-aged children is to do content area subjects together a few times a week. Some of the benefits are that all lessons are done as a group, the children have friends who are learning alongside them, and there is accountability for each family who is counting on the other to show up ready to learn.

Relationships are an important part of the practice of Morning Time and elementary lessons provide a similar environment. Having other kids learning with your children helps to hold everyone accountable to speak kindly and behave more patiently with each other.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [3:25] meet Mystie Winkler
  • [4:50] Morning Time in Mystie’s home
  • [9:00] elementary lessons explained
  • [13:10] comparing elementary lessons with Morning Time
  • [17:24] ages and focus of elementary lessons
  • [24:22] benefits and drawbacks of elementary lesson time
  • [30:45] how to make this work for your family
  • [38:35] tips for choosing another family to do elementary lessons with

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