In December we like to do what we call Christmas School and that would not be complete without a Christmas themed morning basket. After five years of spending the month of December having loads of Christmas fun it’s become quite a tradition for us.
There is just nothing better than doing morning basket every day next to the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree cuddled up together on the couch.
What Is A Morning Basket?
Simply put a morning basket is a collection of things that allows you begin your day with beauty, goodness, and truth as a family and is normally placed in a basket. It is a time to bring everyone together to connect before transitioning to the more individualized subjects. Most people fill their basket with books, quiet activities for their kids to do while reading and maybe a quick game. Morning basket can look different for each family, no two are the same.
What Do You Put in A Morning Basket?
The four main catergories of things that we include in our morning basket each month are read alouds, madlibs and/or trivia, hands-on activities, and games. The main reason we include these are because they are Emily’s favorite things and I find I like to start our day by connecting and filling her love tank.
Where Does A Morning Basket Fit Into Your Homeschool Day?
Each morning (or whatever time we start our homeschool day) she enjoys the hands-on activities while I read aloud, then we do either a mad lib or some trivia, and we finish our morning basket time by playing a game together. What’s in this basket might look like a lot but chipping away at it every day for a month or so normally ensures we will get to enjoy it all.
What’s in Our Christmas Themed Morning Basket?
We will start our Christmas morning basket each day with An Interactive Family Celebration of Advent: The Wonder of the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp.
Mad Libs and/or Trivia:
- Laugh Out Loud Christmas Jokes for Kids
- National Geographic Weird But True Christmas
- Christmas Cheer Mad Libs
- How Winston Delivered Christmas
- A Boy Called Christmas
- The Girl Who Saved Christmas
- Father Christmas and Me
- The History of Christmas 2,000 Years of Faith, Fable, and Festivity
- Christmas is Coming: Traditions from Around the World
- A Treasury of Christmas Stories and Songs
Hands-On Quiet Activities:
- Our Favorite Christmas Puzzles
- Christmas Suncatchers
- Holiday Beeswax Candle Making Kit
- Holiday Rock Painting Kit
- Make Your Own Ornaments Kit
- Spot It! Holidays
- Santa Cookie Elf Candy Snowman
- Llama Drama Holiday Edition
- Christmas Lights A Card Game
Art & Music
Chalk Pastel has quite the collection of Christmas art lessons that we will choose from and add to our morning time each day.
The SQUILT Holiday/Seasonal Collection provides content to study music appreciation over various holidays and seasons. You can choose from three different volumes of Christmas Carols or enjoy The Nutcracker.
Join Our Morning Basket Community
We would love to have you join us in the Morning Baskets Facebook Group. Morning Baskets & More Facebook Group is a resource for homeschooling families who wish to add morning baskets to their day. This community is a place to share your morning baskets, ask questions about using morning baskets in your homeschool and get inspiration from others.