Montessori Summer Morning Basket
A Montessori summer morning basket, circle time, family basket, whatever floats your boat, is a way for us to gather around every morning, stretch our bodies, wake up our minds, center ourselves, and transition our thoughts to a more purposeful work. It's a great way to begin our day, and it basically sets the stage for family-style learning and fun. Our basket usually contains some gross motor activities to begin, followed by our calendar activities, and then we make our way through some specific subject areas. We don't go through the whole basket each day. Our kids mostly pick and choose what they want each day after we finish up our calendar work. Last summer, we did a mini unit study on birds.
This year we are studying Arthropods (minus crustaceans) over the summer. You name it and we've probably got one in a mason jar right now, so that's what our kids want to read and learn about. Some of the titles listed below are associated with our unit study.
I'm excited we're only adding one new item to our curriculum this upcoming academic year (2020 - 2021), having spent the last couple years accumulating most of our materials and resources for the primary years. Now that our two oldest are well on their way with their English Language work, we are going to start focusing more of our attention on Spanish. It's always been my experience that languages, whether it be Spanish or Math or what have you, are best learned when they are practiced everyday and are incorporated into your routine. So, we're going to take advantage of our laid back summer lifestyle and utilize our morning basket as a way to immerse ourselves in some Spanish language fun.
The rest of the selections came from our home library and have been used in other works over the last two years. For those resources and everything else we're up to in the am, check out the list below.
Practical Life - Calendar
Music, Poetry, & Spanish
This book is a lot of fun. Sometimes we read the English. Sometimes we're feeling the Espanol. It's a thick book and it offers a lot of variety for little ones.
We just started this new selection and we're really excited about it. It came highly recommended by several homeschoolers with families of various backgrounds and it's supposed to be a very fun, organic, and casual way for children to explore the Spanish language. The goal is for our children to expand their vocabulary and engage in some simple conversational Spanish while having a blast with the songs and simple lessons. I really like the way the curriculum is laid out. Each lesson is meant to be broken up into several days of simple mini activities with lots of repetition built in. We will be placing a large emphasis on the CD and its 44 songs about a variety of topics, which is the main focal point of each lesson. Our kids love to sing and our youngest gets REALLY into any songs, so it'll be fun to see her in action too.
Science/Nature (Our Arthropods Mini Unit Study)
- Cabinet of Curiosities: Collecting and Understanding the Wonders of the Natural World
- Farm Anatomy
- Curious Kids Nature Guide: Explore the Amazing Outdoors of the Pacific Northwest
- The Big Book of Bugs
- Bees: A Honeyed History
- Caterpillars, Bugs, and Butterflies
- A Beetle Is Shy
- A Butterfly is Patient
- The Best Book of Bugs
Games and Activities
And that's all, folx! Sometimes we start on our basket after we've had breakfast and finished getting ready for the day. Sometimes, our kids jump in as soon as they wake up. We're very flexible with our time. If you're interested in providing a laid back and casual way to incorporate some purposeful work into your summer homeschool routine or any time of year, or if you're looking to ease the transition between your morning Practical Life work and other subject areas, I would definitely recommend starting a morning basket. We really enjoy having one.
In addition to our Montessori summer morning basket, our oldest is otherwise still continuing with her beginning reading and other language work, and our son is continuing his language exposure, development of concentration, and letter sounds in English. We are also continuing along our Math journey, which I will share an update on shortly. Everything else we do this summer is gravy.
We hope everyone is doing well. Until next time, stay happy and healthy together!
More Montessori Summer Activities
- Montessori Bee Unit Study for Primary and Elementary
- Montessori Practical Life in the Kitchen: Baking Blueberry Cake
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