December’s Morning Basket

“November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.”

-Clyde Watson

Happy December, friends! I think this months morning basket may be my favorite one so far. I’ve so loved incorporating a morning basket into our homeschool rhythm and sharing it with all of you. In hopes that it inspires and encourages you. Winter is certainly not my favorite month, there are things I love about it, of course…but that lack of sunshine starts to wear on me after so long. Even though winter isn’t my favorite season, I think my favorite month of the year is December…the books, the music, the food, the candles, the twinkle lights…the coziness of it all speaks to me, how about you?

This month for morning basket we will be focusing on Christmas things, it’s December after all…it’s only appropriate, right? If you’re new here or new to “morning basket” the gist of it is this…. It’s a gentle way to begin your day. A morning basket is a way to ease into your day, even if you don’t homeschool! It’s filled with life giving things such as music, poetry, art study, nature study, bible reading, craft projects, read alouds, and more. I’ve seen some incorporate history lessons and flash cards… Basically you can tailor it to your family’s needs. I personally like to change our morning basket up each month so I’ll do a big library book haul, usually planning my theme ahead so I can reserve my books. I also like to incorporate little extras from time to time from people like Steph Hathaway Designs on Etsy or Fresh Wanderings morning time cards. Let’s take a look at what I have planned this month.

Morning Basket Prints

Morning Basket

Bible Time – We’ve been enjoying Indescribable from Louie Giglio , but for this month we will be using The Advent Jesse Tree Book, Advent activities I’ve created, as well as some Advent cards for simple memory verses and handwriting practice. Our theme verse this month is Luke 2:6-12

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Book List + Read Aloud

We have lots of books this month, but here are my top 10!

Apple Tree Christmas // Cranberry Christmas // Silent Night by Will Moses // Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree // Pick a Pine Tree // Mouse’s Christmas Gift // Sleep Tight Farm // Goodbye Autumn Hello Winter // An Orange for Frankie

For read aloud books, I like to keep them in our basket. My younger son can pull them out and look through them. My older son can read to him or we can all cuddle together and read them. I like to use them to incorporate oral narration and short book reports. Sometimes we will draw a picture from the story and write a small caption. There are so many ways you can use these books throughout your day.

Poetry

Each month I like to focus on a poem to memorize with the boys. If they can’t memorize it completely I don’t worry to much about it. We recite it every day, I’ll use lines for handwriting practice, and I’ll also have my son recite it alone during the day.

Christmas Bells – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
    And wild and sweet
    The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
    Had rolled along
    The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
    A voice, a chime,
    A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Art Study

This month we will be studying Will Moses. I absolutely love Grandma Moses and folk art paintings in general so it seemed fitting to study some of Will Moses’s work. We will start out with his painting called O Christmas Tree. I came across it on his website, here – we will likely scan through some of his other pieces from his website, and look through some of the books we have that he has illustrated. Maybe we will even try out making a painting of our own!

When studying art, I like to talk about the artist, who they are, what type of work they created, when and where they lived/live. And I like to ask questions about the pieces we are observing.

What’s happening in the picture?

What are the people doing?

What is the weather like?

How does the artwork make you feel?

Craft

Our craft this month is a simple one, we will be making another felt crown for our Advent study, we will also be making some air dry clay stars and use them to make a garland with dried oranges. I shared how to dry oranges in this post here.

Music

We will be singing all of the Christmas songs, I like to periodically do a small study on composers, but we are going to take it easy this month! I have been considering purchasing a small curriculum for music, called SQUILT. Have you heard of it? Do you use it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks so much for stopping by today friends!! Blessings and Happy December ❤

Bree ❤

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