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Our Morning Basket Loop

Looping has become a popular way to schedule everything from homeschool subjects to household cleaning tasks.

Looping rejects the notion that subjects and tasks should be assigned a specific day of the week. Instead of assigning a day of the week, subjects or tasks are written in list form and completed in order.

Each day you move on to the next item on the list and when you have finished the list, you start over at the top.

All I needed to work out was the learning topics and reading that would occur daily and the ones we could loop. The Plan Your Year Planner had a form for that, so I downloaded it and got to work.

We worked out a loop schedule for our Morning Basket Time.

Morning Basket Daily Items

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Current Events

CNN 10 is typically how we kick off our Morning Time. We watch and discuss current events after this 10-minute broadcast. Every now and then our conversation leads to a rabbit trail that is well worth our Morning Time and we skip everything else.

Geography

We will read from one of our general Geography books and any titles I select for our current continent study.

If I have a Geography activity planned we will complete it before Morning Time ends. This is also a great time to work on our Pin-It Maps on the first day of a new continent study. {Read my Pin-It Map Review}

Read Aloud Fiction 

My kids are all reading different titles each month for their book clubs, but a few times during the year I would like to pick a historical fiction to read as a family. These titles will probably focus on WWII or our Geography studies. I am going to start with Number the Stars.

Memory Work

I always have BIG plans for memory work but they rarely work out. This year we are just going to try to memorize 1 item each month. I’ll keep adding to this list and select an item each month during the school year:

Morning Basket Loop

This is the list and we hit from 1-2 areas each morning. Sometimes we have such an involved discussion that we only make it through one book or activity.

Check out: Your Morning Basket Guide

I keep the bin of books next to my chair in the main room so it is easy to grab our next selection.

History

My boys asked me to include reading from “The World Wars” again this year. We finished WWI last year and now we are reading about WWII.

SQUILT

We are working through the Modern Era. After I kick off our exploration, we listen to the piece a few other times over the next few days. I ask Alexa to play it during lunch or in the evening when I remember. {SQUILT review post}

Non-Fiction

Right now we are reading essays from “We Were There, Too“. I select essays from time periods that we are familiar with. Each selection is brief and brings alive a time period in history from the point of view of a kid.

Logic Book

We’ll explore logic using the Fallacy Detective. Once we finish, I’d like to move on to Philosophy for Kids.

Game Play

Playing games with my kids happens a lot in this house, but we’ll use morning time to focus on educational games. I’d like to rotate math games, language arts games, and Geography games. Sometimes we might just choose from our favorite card games and favorite board games. {A month of game play on the blog.}

Shakespeare

Our plan is to continue reading this fantastic book and add selections to our own Shakespeare books. We’ll memorize them as we go along. I shared the books we are creating on Facebook Live.

After our Morning Basket Time, the kids will work on their individual activities: spelling, math, and reading. Then we will work on our content areas in the afternoon using another loop.

Have you tried looping? How did it work out?

Our Morning Time Loop.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Lise McGuinness September 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    When you get to memorizing presidents, I highly recommend this wacky book we came across by accident: “Yo, Millard Fillmore!” I had preschool through second grade last year, and they all memorized them with this book. It’s one big long mnemonic device that really works. Even I memorized them, and having never memorized anything when I was in school, I thought there was no hope for me.

    • Reply notbefore7@gmail.com September 10, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks Lise. I am going to check my library now!

  • Reply Lise McGuinness September 9, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    By the way, I’m reading this just before heading out to a performance of “Twelfth Night” with my daughter. I wanted to let you know that I am using your Target blank-books idea for each Shakespeare play. We were already using “How to Teach…,” and this was the perfect way for us to organize it. We’re pasting in program covers and ticket stubs as we see the plays, too.

    • Reply notbefore7@gmail.com September 10, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      That is SUCH a great idea! I love it. I might steal it back and put in memories like that as well.

  • Reply Charlene September 10, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Great post! I was wondering how much time do you spend on your morning time each day?

    • Reply notbefore7@gmail.com September 10, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      Good question. It varies each day, but probably averages 60 minutes. Sometimes it is less if I am losing them. Other times it is more if we are really going. It is rarely over 90.

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