Don't get me wrong we do use this basket in the morning but I wanted to give an example of how it doesn't need to be first thing in the morning. It can be an after dinner routine or a quiet time routine. You have to make it work for your family.
Our basket started when my daughter was in the 1st grade. The basket contained her Beginner's Bible and our read aloud book. It was very simple and really didn't require more than a small basket. We read the Bible at breakfast and the read aloud after dinner.
Once we got more established in Classical Conversations we added memory work to our daily basket. We usually set the timer for 15 minutes and review as much as we can during this time.
Here we are 5 years later (notice the need for readers now) and our little basket has grown. It is used daily and truly has become the heart of our family time.
This year was the biggest addition to our basket. Every year I set a goal of a particular subject area that we are going to focus on. For her 5th grade year, I chose history. This is her second time in cycle 2 and I wanted to beef up the content without using a formal curriculum.
Our daily basket is a traveling basket and goes with us from room to room.
Breakfast Table Daily Basket Routine
We begin our day at the breakfast table and read from the Beginners Bible for our little toddler. Then we sing a Bible song that goes with the Bible story. I try to read the same Bible story everyday for a week. By the end of the week she can tell me the main points of the story.
Next we read from The Faith Builders Bible. If you have a Lego fan, this is the Bible for them. The graphics are really cute and it's fun to see everything built in legos.
This year we added a morning devotion book. We are working through A Young Woman After God's Own Heart together. Instead of just reading it, I try to make it discussion based using open ended questions.
We begin our couch time with CC memory work review. I set the timer for 15 minutes and we review as much as we can cover during that time. I try to cover an easy subject and a more challenging one on the same day. Timeline and math get reviewed most often due to the nature of them.
Do you see Sara on top of her table
drawing? Such a silly girl! She took it
seriously when I said you can sit
During these first two things, She is allowed to play with legos or draw. It helps her to focus if she is moving her hands while she is listening. I know that she is listening because of her reactions while I'm reading.
We finish our couch time by practicing for JBQ (Junior Bible Quiz). This is a program from our church where students memorize Bible facts and then quiz as a team against other teams. Once again I set my timer for 15 minutes and we get as far as we can go during that time.
Although they are not included in our daily basket we read other things throughout the day. We listen to an audio book through hoopla at lunch or in the car and at bedtime Sara picks the story (or stories) that we are going to read.
Reading aloud is truly the goal of our daily basket and using it throughout the day as part of our routine has become priceless to us. It allows us for rich conversations and gives us a set time to always be together.
I'd love to hear how you may use a similar basket in your day. Feel free to comment below or send me an email with a picture.
Many blessings to you and your family!