A morning basket is a bin/basket filled with an intentional routine to start your homeschool day. When my daughter was in public school for kindergarten, her teacher would give the kids a morning worksheet. I loved that idea and turned a worksheet into a basket filled with things to start our day! A morning basket is not a necessity, but for us this helps us with our routine and starting our day. Our morning basket is filled with things that can be done independently or together! Here a few tips to help you start a Morning Basket if you’re thinking about it and not sure where to start!
Start small with a few items and add a couple more after some time! I suggest rotating a total of like 4-5 items! You can totally add more, but keep in mind this mostly like a warm up for the rest of your school work/day so you want to keep it light!
Use an actual basket. I know that sounds silly, but having something that holds these items makes it easy for your little to bring it along with you outside, to the table on their own!
Finally, shoot for themes! The holidays and months allow for great and fun activities to be added to your morning basket.
What To Put In Your Morning Basket
This list includes the things we currently have in our morning basket. This changes often once the holidays start up, but now that school has just started; these are the things we’re using!
- Kids Planner– This planner is amazing. It has a reading log, Monthly view calendar, fun writing/drawing prompts at the beginning and end of every month and it also comes with awesome stickers to decorate! I love the monthly view because it helps my daughter understand how the weeks work and everyday she grabs this first and crosses out the previous day to keep track of what the current day is.
- Learning Clock– This is by far my favorite part of our morning basket. After grabbing her planner my daughter goes to check the time and shows me on this clock. At the end of our homeschool day she sets the clock to the time we finished! Hands on learning makes all the difference when it comes to learning time!
- Creative Journal– This journal is so much fun. It has different drawing and writing prompts like creating your own book cover, drawing awards and more!
- Books- I can’t stress enough how important reading is. The good in the beautiful has books for every reading level and they are great! I rotate between the book sets and my daughter reads them on her own. I set a timer for about 10min when she picks them up from her morning basket and she reads these to me aloud. HERE
- Educational Games- We love a good learning game that is so fun they don’t even know they are learning. I’ve curated a list of all of our favorite games we have at home. I add one of these to the morning basket and it gets played for about 10 min! We usually end up playing it again after or during a little break throughout our homeschool day.
- Wrap Ups (addition) (Subtraction)- These math wrap ups are amazing. My daughter does these daily. They help with learning basic addition problems. Consistency is key.
Do you and your family have a morning basket? If so what do you guys have in yours? If not let me know if you will be trying this out!