What is Morning Time

Morning Time is a wholehearted family learning ritual in which a parent inspires the love of learning, wonder, virtue and curiousity in their children’s hearts by reading aloud, singing and discussing a varied menu of meaningful sacred and secular texts. Morning Time, also known as ‘circle’ or ‘family’ time, is widely practiced across various educational philosophical traditions. Within the Charlotte Mason and Classical Education home education circles, this much-loved family ritual is seen as liturgy of love or an intellectual feast for mind and spirit that allows parents offer meaning and context to their children’s home education. It’s the dessert of home education, if you like. The practice usually starts with prayer, affirmations, hymns, songs, poetry, folklore  and storytelling.


  • Prayer
  • Affirmation –‘Charlotte Mason Inspired and Growth Mindset
  • Hymn -Joyful! Joyful!
  • Folk song – You are my sunshine
  • Empowerment song- Lyrics -Beautiful Day-India Aries
  • Two Fables –The Deer and Snail (African)/ The Tortoise and Hare (Aesops Fable)
  • African Sayings – Krio Saying
  • One Nature poem Four Leaf Clover –Ella Higginson
  • One Virtue (character poem) – Try, Try Again! (Perseverance) William Hickson
  • Doxology – Praise Blessing
  • A piece of Music – by Beethoven, our composer of the term
  • A piece of Art – Claude Money by artist of the Term
Suggested MORNING BASKET Resources
  • List of Bible And Devotional Resources
  • List of Growth Mindset Journals and Critical Thinking Resources
  • List of Western And African Poetry and Fables
  • List of Art Appreciation Resources
  • List of Music Appreciation Resources

Morning Time…

  1. Creates an enchanting and deeply bonding family ritual.
  2. Inspires a sense of wonder by introducing learning in context of the real or imaginative world which heightens the power of observation and the imagination.
  3. Encourages a deep love of learning by bringing dry subjects like history, science, geography to life through living literature, which helps children appreciate the value of learning.
  4. Enables intentional education of the will and conscience and sense deep sense of identity through fables, myths, fairy tales and folklore that inspires the moral and cultural imagination.
  5. Strengthens mental faculties through use of memorisation and narration as learning tools.
  6. Trains the eye for beauty through language arts, music and nature study.
  7. Inspires good habits, a sense of adventure, curiosity, resilience, grit and perseverance through stories and biographies of great and culturally diverse masters.
  8. Furnishes the atmosphere of a child’s mind with beautiful, meaningful and wholesome ideas and inspiration that would enrich their inner worlds for life. Phil: 4.8
  9. Helps parents inspire a culture of joy, kindness, responsibility, critical and creative thinking in their homes.
  10. Encourages Philathea (love of God) (if you are a faith-based educator) through prayer, memorisation of scripture and hymns, appreciation of poetry, art and bible stories. The practice encourages children to see God as the master creator and storyteller who fills each of us with purpose and our own individual beautiful narratives.