LITTLE LEARNERS: After years of unschooling my older three children, I’m back at it with my younger two. They’re curious, imaginative and love learning! Little Learners will follow their homeschooling journey with advice, stories and what worked (and didn’t) along the way.
We have never followed a homeschool schedule. I didn’t when I was unschooling our older three and I don’t with our younger two.
Instead, we have a homeschool routine, or rhythm to our day. This rhythm has come about by being aware of our needs and wants throughout our homeschooling day.
Homeschool Morning Routine Series
This post is part of my homeschool morning routine series.
1. Our Morning Homeschool Reading Routine .
2. Hands-on Outside Fun (coming soon)
3. Our Homeschool Morning Basket
4. Morning Binder (coming soon)
I’ll start with our morning reading routine. I will try to link any books I find on Amazon below. I am an Amazon shopper and long-time affiliate and I will earn a commission on anything you buy after clicking the links. (Thank you in advance if you do!).
After we have breakfast (usually by 8:00), I pull out a bunch of books and we just chill out and read. I start them off with three books each. This is their time to explore books with no pressure or expectations.
My goal is to make this an enjoyable way to start off our morning.
Here’s a quick video of what it looks like on most days.
My 6 years old is learning how to read and really enjoys books. She’s reading words, mostly two, three and four letter words but she’s also sounding out longer words on her own.
My son just turned five recently and is not only learning how to read books, but also how to handle them. He tends to be very heavy handed and up until recently, has only been reading board books, which withstands his roughness. He’s been working on being more gentle with the paper pages and is doing a great job.
Here’s another quick video of a different morning reading session.
After they’re done reading, they usually swap their books with each other. I let them dictate how much time we spend on this but it usually ends up being about 20-30 minutes.
During this time, I am sitting at the table with Landen, having my morning fruit, (after starting the day with warm lemon water). Loralye doesn’t need my attention during this time, except for answering her the occasional question about what she’s reading. Landen needs to be guided although he’s been doing great on his own these last two weeks.
You might have seen this on my Instagram stories.
During this time, I don’t read to them. That comes later in the day. This is their time with the books. They can linger on one book if they find something that peaks their interest. They also choose the order in which they read each book. It’s all up to them. I just provide the books.
Here’s a list of some of the books in these videos and photos.
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