Morning time has been called many things by different moms over the years: morning time, morning meeting, morning collective, circle time. But what is it? And why is it such a valued homeschool practice?
In Charlotte Mason homeschools, many moms use morning time as a way to come together and enjoy many of the short, varied subjects in a Charlotte Mason education that can be done as a family.
Cindy Rollins talks extensively about morning time in her wonderful book Mere Motherhood. She defines morning time as a time and place to get together as a family and to do some things in the morning. It's as simple as that! For many families, Morning Time has become a sort of ritual or tradition of learning, reading, singing and exploring ideas together. Many homeschoolers call it "morning" time because they've found that it's a great way to start your lessons each day, but this practice is just as valuable at lunch or over the dinner table as it is in the morning.
For my own family, morning time and Meaningful Menus go hand in hand. We actually call our morning time "Menu Time", and start each day with our menus in our hands. It was important to me that we not let things like Bible memory, hymn singing, folksongs, and poetry slide because I value those studies so highly, and putting them in a menu cover and practicing them every day meant that they became an essential part of our homeschool lessons
If you're new to homeschooling and morning time, I highly recommend For the Children's Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay. This book has introduced many people to Charlotte Mason and helped spur a revival of her philosophy around the world.