Morning Basket

What is a Morning Basket?

A morning in which a child receives no new ideas is a morning wasted.

Charlotte Mason

A morning basket is a storage basket filled with living books and carefully selected resources. The basket should be kept in a convenient location, such as beside the couch.

Morning basket brings everyone together for family learning before transitioning into independent subject areas. The basket itself is simply an organizational tool, but using it facilitates a family-centered homeschool lifestyle.

Examples of morning basket literature include fiction and non-fiction living books, poetry, artist study, nature lore, devotionals and hymns. Additional morning basket resources can be added such as math flash cards, Bible memory cards, etc.

Some literature in the morning basket is read daily. Other literature is read weekly or on a rotating basis. The literature and resources in a morning basket should be rotated by term or year, depending on the subject area.

Charlotte Mason encourages short lessons. Readings in each subject area should be brief and followed with narration. Morning basket is ideally done in the morning, but can be done any time of day.