Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Organizing Morning Time

Day 29~

As we come down the home stretch, I thought it was time to share how I organize our Morning Time. 
I am pretty sure someone like Mystie could come up with a better way of organizing it than I have. Once I fell into using my sheet I didn't change it up much over the years. 

Here is a sample MT sheet from the past:

 And here is my current sheet:

Ambleside Selections
 John Singleton Copley

Plutarch:  Dion/Brutus
(Alternate with Shakespeare)


Gloria Patri

Come Ye Thankful People Come

Bringing in the Sheaves

Now Thank We All our God

We Gather Together

Come Ye Thankful People
The Gospel Story Bible

Is. 53:1-6

Books of the NT

Jer. 9:23,24

Psalm 27:1-5

Daniel 1:17
Prayer Requests

 Prayer of repentance

Diagramming Sentences

MCT Sentence Review

New: Tomorrow, Tomorrow and Tomorrow (Macbeth)

First Amendment
Read Through The Top 100 Poems

Sonnet 29

Mercy by Shakespeare

2nd Amendment

Declaration of Independence

Reading Aloud

The Book of the Ancient Greeks by Mills

Huckleberry Finn

Science Matters

King Alfred’s English

Books to Add:

The Story of the Romans by Mills

The Story of the Middle Ages

Swallows and Amazons  series

In Search of the Source

The Hounds of Morrigan

I also have a notebook with any information I need such as a list of the names of Jesus's disciples or the 12 tribes of Israel. I keep my current MT sheet and our current poem in the front pocket of this notebook.

 I use sheet protectors and keep my Ambleside Term selections, completed MT sheets and a list of the books we have read for the year. At the end of the year I just pop all the MT sheets for the year and our list of books read into one sheet protector in the back of the notebook. 

I also have a poetry notebook with all of our memorized poems printed out so that each day we can just review the next poem. I keep miscellaneous memory in a separate section of the poetry notebook. 

The first few years of MT I was always scrambling around looking through different poetry books for certain poems we had memorized. It took me years to reach this level of basic organization but even this basic level saves us much time each day that we used to spend searching for things. 

I have always had a basket with our books and resources. This means there is no looking for a book each day.  Well, that is what it is suppose to mean at least. 

Once again, I do not share any of this with you because it is profound but because it is not. If I can do it, you can. The organization is to save time the real point is to just do it.

I make out my MT sheet for the week and when it is completed, in one week or two or three, I make out the new sheet. It is always motivating to make out that new sheet. Although I plan out my Ambleside Terms for the year, I would never presume to plan out MT for more than a week in advance. It would be too discouraging to be perpetually behind.  

Broad plans are for the future, precise plans are for the week. I do keep a running list of books I plan too read aloud in the future. Sometimes I actually get to these books. I love moving a book from the To Be Read pile to the Reading Now pile.

There you have it. The  heart of MT is the Morning Time Sheet and having all materials handy.

Suggestion of the Day for Morning Time Memory:

By Robert Louis Stevenson

UNDER the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.
This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

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