Early years teachers have hosted classroom morning meetings for dozens of years. Morning meetings are an opportunity to come together, share, hear stories and connect through fun rhymes, songs, poems and chants.
How might we adapt Morning Meeting in a homeschool environment? How do we keep it fun and engaging, and keep learning intentional?
When I homeschooled our youngest, I had two other children from the neighborhood who came every other day to learn with us. Each day, we met for 15-20 minutes to explore a few rhythms. This helped to take the guesswork out of planning our days, and provided a structure and rhythm for our day that became predictable. Children do best when they can depend on a predictable schedule - their brains feel safe and optimized for learning.
We begin each day by signing in. I offered a template for each child to print their name, and share how they were feeling.
This ritual serves a few purposes: