First and foremost I want to thank all of you for the overwhelming response I had to the Morning Time cards last month. I have been hoping for a long time that this place is not just noise, but that I actually bring something useful to those who choose to follow along here. I really hope that the morning time print-ables do just that: that they meet a need and in doing so bring richness and beauty to your mornings together. This is the beginning of something really wonderful in our homes. It is an opportunity to cling to what is good and lovely while developing an appreciation for art, music, the Word of God, great moments in History, and so much more.
Autumn is officially now upon us and here in the Ozark Mountains we are getting a small taste of fall-like temperatures. I love October because it is a month that brings so many warm feelings of home. It is a time to keep fresh muffins and apple cider on hand and is a season that awakens our curiosities of the treasures to be found on an early morning nature walk. This season is a very welcome one in Arkansas, especially in the northwest portion where we live. This is the month that the leaves truly take on their autumnal beauty and a hike in the Ozark mountains is breathtaking and life-giving all in one. It was fun pulling together all of the pieces for this months morning time as the start of a new season is often inspiring.
This months musical composition is Cavalleria rusticana: intermezzo by Pietro Mascagni. I presented my children with a couple of choices and we really had a hard time choosing, but ultimately this is the one we all liked best. It is a beautiful piece and I believe is a great representation of fall. I hope your family likes it as much as we do.
The craft for September are corn husk dolls. We found a sheet of instructions for this craft in our Farm Anatomy by Julia Rothman book on page 213 and plan to use the instructions listed there but if you do not have this book I found these instructions for a Corn Husk Doll and they are very similar to the one in the book. I was able to purchase a bundle of Indian Corn ears at our local grocery store for less than $5.00 and they will have more than enough husks for us to complete this project. Other than that all you need is some string or twine.
One addition this month is a smaller 4×6 card with the Morning Time plan for the month so that it will easily fit inside a recipe box to keep with the rest of this months print-ables. I have been printing ours on a thick card stock for added durability and longevity and realized that if I ever want to come back to these at a later time it would be useful to have the complete plan for reference.
The breakdown for this month is as follows:
- Music: Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo by Pietro Mascagni
- Poetry: Why I Like October by Mamie
- Art: The Young Harvesters by Cesar Pattein
- Scripture: Psalm 65:9-11
- Science: Classification of Living things
- Craft: Corn Husk Dolls
In the September post I went into more detail on some ways to implement these in your homeschool. If you feel lost or don’t know how to pull this all together, that post may be beneficial to you.
To download your Morning Time Printable simply click here.
Finally, I wanted to point out the beauty of this months scripture passage. I hope you use this scripture as an encouragement of what God can do with the hearts of your children. He cares for all of our needs, both physical and spiritual, and it is He who brings the harvest. Praying that this is the reward your receive. Happy September, friends!
You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. You drench it’s furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.
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These are GORGEOUS! Thank you so much for sharing them. We look forward to using them all month!
Amber, Thank you so much for leaving feedback and letting me know. It makes me so happy to hear that. Enjoy!
Oh wow, what a sweet treasure I was given here! Thank you for helping me pull Morning Time together so that it’s cohesive.
Awww, Becky, thank you so much! I hope you and your kiddos enjoy them.
Creating a different type of morning time – something more like this- has really been on my heart, and keeping me at nights – mostly in a good way;) I have been unable to just start, to decide how I want it to be. I looked up this post this morning and it really helped me to just get some things together and just start with something. I think I was getting trapped in wanting to get it ALL perfecctly put together and then my result was Nothing. We had the best school day we have had in a long time!! We got so much done, without feeling rushed at all, and finished early AND on top of that I made 3 meals and kept the kitchen clean all day. I still can’t figure out how it all happened. But I’ll take it – and looking forward to morning time tomorrow!
Kimberly, this is so encouraging to hear. I am grateful that it is working for you and your family. I hope it only gets sweeter from here.