Last year, I dove fully into the “Morning Menu” routine – where you put your morning time materials into a plastic menu folder. Let me tell you, these menus keep me on track and feeling polished, even on a dragging morning! I did drop the ball on getting my printable menus online and available for you all. But I’m now full steam ahead with a brand new Classical Morning Menu series for your homeschool!
My classical morning menu is filled with 4 beautiful selections to bring rhythm to your homeschool day. Serve up truth, beauty and goodness to your family with affirmations, Scripture, poetry, and artwork.
Classical Morning Menus for Homeschool
What makes these menus Classical? The materials I’ve included focus on core subjects like history, geography and literature. The method of using the Morning Menu dailyans kids are repeatedly exposed to the selections and by month’s end have a strong knowledge base, and perhaps even have memorized the passages. Overall, these menus cultivate the grammar stage (Concrete thought) of learning, which is about the absorption of facts and knowledge. However, in my menus, I’ve also included some “Connections” with ideas for discussion or thinking about how the piece ties into another aspect of learning. So, there’s potential for kids in the dialectic stage (Logical thought).
Morning menus and Classical Conversations
Neither myself or my menus are endorsed by or affiliated with the company Classical Conversations. But we have attended CC campus in our area for six years (we are currently on a break, but will return next year). Because I love the CC program and their cycle content, I created our morning menu to supplement or dovetail with the CC memory work for the cycle we are currently studying (2020-21 is Cycle 3, U.S. History and Geography).
Using your Classical Morning Menu
The menus start with Charlotte Mason’s affirmations (I am, I can, I ought, I will), which I’ve paired with a finishing phrase and supporting Bible verse for our family to consider. I keep this page year-long, and evaluate the phrase and Bible verse as my kids grow. As we continue working on character-building, our affirmations may adjust.
The content pages (Scripture, Poetry, Picture Study, Hymn) get refreshed monthly.
Each day, we begin with our morning menu, which I keep in our Morning Basket. We read most pages daily and do picture study weekly. Then we move on to other items in our morning basket like devotionals and read-aloud, map work and CC memory work.
Exactly what goes into a morning menu?
You can put anything you like into a morning menu. For Classical study, here’s what I’ve included:
- Charlotte Mason style affirmations with finishing phrase and Bible verse
- Scripture passage – We’ve been memorizing the CC suggested passages each year, so my children know the passages pretty well after six years! The full passage is included in each menu, so keep it in the menu each month and simply study a verse or two a week.
- Poetry – For the 2020 series, I aligned my menu selections with Classical Conversations Cycle 3, which covers U.S. History and Geography. I’ve selected poetry from American authors and artwork from American artists. I try to match the seasons to coordinate with our nature study. I included a few notes or connections parents might make with their children.
- Picture study/ Art – Each month, I include a piece of art that is in the public domain. Because I can’t afford the fees to include copyright protected works, I am unable to include artwork from the artists studied in the CC Curriculum. However, I think the selections included offer much to converse about! The pieces lend themselves well to connecting with the Drawing lessons from the first part of the year.
- How to use page – Maybe you’re new to morning time, morning menus, or classical education. I’ve included a few tips about how we use our menus, what is included and why (similar to this blog post but a bit more detailed), and questions for Picture Study.
NOT included in my printable, but I put these items into our menu:
- Happy Hymnody’s Hymn of the Month – I highly recommend her hymn choices and YouTube Channel. I see no need to reinvent such a good wheel! You can get her free printable of the month’s hymn here.
- Classical Conversation Memory Work – Because we own the CC Curriculum book, I am able to print out their Memory Master sheets for study. I include 12 weeks of math facts, and the blackline maps for study.
- TalkBox.Mom Spanish words and phrases – We’re enjoying learning Spanish together as a family! Although we practice Spanish throughout the day, I often include Spanish review in our morning time. So I’ve placed the phrase sheets into a separate menu. In December we are also adding a “Merry Christmas in Spanish” page to our Spanish, which I’ve included in a separate post.
Although this menu is in color, you can print in black & white to save ink. I’ve also tried to keep the graphics minimal to reduce ink usage. I know it gets expensive!
Download this month’s Classical Morning Menu!
Currently, I’m offering the current month’s menu free with sign up to my blog newsletter. I only send out emails when I have a new post, new printable, or am sharing on a special theme.
Remember, this will only be free for a limited time, so tell your homeschool friends!
Looking for the menu covers? You can find a 4-page menu cover on Amazon!
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Grab the SEPTEMBER 2020 Classical Morning Menu (U.S History, Geography, & Literature Focus – Aligns with CC Cycle 3)
Please let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with! I pray God gives you many blessings and good success in your homeschool!