YMB 15 Morning Time with Littles: A Conversation with Celeste Cruz

Celeste Cruz is a homeschooling mother of eight who started to implement Morning Time in her home with a stack of picture books at the breakfast table back when her oldest two children were just 5 years old.

Now with several years of Morning Time under her belt, Celeste is practiced in art of juggling fussy babies, noisy toddlers, and preschoolers with fluctuating attention spans. She joins us on this episode of the podcast to discuss what Morning Time looks like when all the children in the family are preschool age and younger.

Morning Time with Littles: A Your Morning Basket Conversation with Celeste Cruz

Celeste shares some great tips for how to create a Morning Time routine packed with thoughtful, high-quality elements while remaining flexible and accommodating of the littlest learners. She encourages us to find natural lulls in our daily routine during which we can nourish both our children and ourselves with beautiful poems, stories, and music.

Celeste’s wisdom is inspiring but at the same time highly practical, making this an interview not to be missed. Enjoy!

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Links and resources from today’s show:

 New Catholic Picture Bible Catholic Children’s Treasure Box Set 1-20 Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh My Naughty Little Sister My Father’s Dragon Favorite Poems Old and New: Selected For Boys and Girls The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems The Golden Treasury of Poetry


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  • Danielle says:

    Great episode!

    So, if your oldest is 7 or 8 but the rest of your kids are in this toddler/preK/K range, would you still go this route geared towards the littles? Or would you aim morning time at your oldest?

    • Celeste says:

      Hi Danielle! Popping in to answer: I aim at my oldest kids but always have it in mind that I’ve got the little ones too. For us, that means that I don’t schedule challenging, narrated readings for our Morning Basket. I do those during naptime. In Morning Basket, we keep to poetry, saints’ lives, religious/feast day reading, preschooler-friendly geography and nature study reading (like Hillyer’s Geography of the World or Ransome’s pond study book), a little Italian, songs, Bible (we’re reading through the Epistle to St. James right now), unscheduled literature read-alouds, and such. I keep it very flexible and light. I don’t schedule it out, though I do have a plan for how much I’m guessing we’ll cover so I can stock my basket accordingly. I use post-its to mark where we are and we just move on from there the next time.

      Once I have a broader age range, I think I’ll aim for the middle. I remember that the episode featuring Jennifer Mackintosh talked about this very topic–how to deal with a wide age range. I think Angela Boord’s did too.

      Hope that helps!

  • Amy Marie says:

    Just love this! Thank you, Pam and Celeste! 🙂

  • Jamie says:

    Thank you so much for this episode, it was really great ladies! God Bless!

  • Veronica says:

    I loved this! It was such an answer to prayer. I was feeling very overwhelmed all week trying to get everything “done.” This helped me take a step back and reevaluate our goals. I love the idea of keeping a basket with things that are lovely and full of truth and beauty. We can then dip in as the morning allows. Thanks for sharing such a great resource.

    • Celeste says:

      I’m glad you found it helpful, Veronica. It’s always nice to get a morning burst of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty to brighten up your day! 🙂

  • Shonda says:

    I started this year doing way too much and now we barely do any morning time at all. I have a vision of how I want it to be, but we need to work our way there. My kids are 4 and 7. I plan to rework my plan and do less, but do quality. Also, morning time does not work in the morning for us. I am moving it to after lunch. Thank you for this good podcast for just littles. My son who is 7 acts more like my 4 year old so it’s littles for me!

  • Kristin says:

    This was so great and so encouraging! I’m a mom of 4, ages 5 and under and it helped affirm what my heart already wants to do. It’s hard sometimes to hear other moms talking about their curriculum for Kindergarten when I want to focus on morning basket, outside time and creative play building sibling relationships. Thank you for sharing!

    • Celeste says:

      Your plans for kindergarten sound wonderful, Kristin! So happy my chat with Pam was a help. 🙂

  • Maria says:

    I’m looking into homeschooling my grandson and this was very helpful. Thank you. Celeste mentioned a bible that she uses for the little ones but couldn’t catch the name. Could you please let me know what it is? Thank you.

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