Revisiting Morning Basket Plans for the New Year

P1090271 I’m in the midst of planning week here, and I thought I’d take a minute to share the Morning Basket plans for the year and for Term 1!

If you’re new here, or need extra information, check out this post on the Morning Basket:

Morning Basket: Ageless, Inspiring, and Still Standing

It contains history, explanations, and links to past posts on the Morning Basket.

The following table includes read alouds for this year’s Morning Basket:

Reading Aloud Term 1 Term 2 Term 3


The Wonder Book (Hawthorne) The Lion’s Paw (Robb White) Fifty Famous People (Baldwin)
Fifty Famous Stories Retold (Baldwin) Thirty More Famous Stories Retold  (Baldwin)
Andersen’s Fairy Tales Andersen’s Fairy Tales Andersen’s Fairy Tales

Plutarch’s Lives (Weston)

Aristides  Themistocles Pelopidas

Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by E. Nesbit

The Tempest

As You Like It

The Winter’s Tale

King Lear

Twelfth Night

Much Ado About Nothing

Nature Study (weekly Nature Walks)

A Nest for Celeste (Henry Cole) A Nest for Celeste (Henry Cole) A Nest for Celeste (Henry Cole)

Life of Fred – Australia (Grammar)

Chapters 1 – 19   

Geography  – Holling C. Holling (with map set)

Minn of the Mississippi   Finish Minn   :::   Paddle to the Sea Paddle to the Sea  


And this table includes all of our Memory Work:

Memory Work

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Catholic Prayers/Liturgy/Hymns  (St. Andrew’s Daily Missal) Hymn of St. Ambrose


De Profundis

Act of Faith, Hope, Charity


List of Aspirations

HYMN:  Tantum Ergo HYMN: Holy God We Praise Thy Name HYMN: Stabat Mater
Bible Verses  (Harp & Laurel Wreath)


Psalm 122:1Psalm 16:11

Psalm 23:1

Psalm 62:1

Psalm 25:4Psalm 27:4

Psalm 92:5

Psalm 46:10

Psalm 119:105Psalm 33:22

Psalm 91:5 – 6

Psalm 72:8

Poetry (Harp & Laurel Wreath) The Flag Goes By Columbus Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Eve.
My Shadow Windy Nights The Children’s Hour
The Swing A Christmas Carol by Chesterton Captain Kidd
Folk Songs (American Folk Songs for Children) Free Little Bird What’ll We Do With the Baby? The Cherry Tree Carol
Pick A Bale of Cotton One Cold and Frosty Morning Hanging Out the Linen Clothes
Character  (Laying Down the Rails Companion) Kindness Manners Modesty and Purity
Artistic Pursuits (Book K – 3) Lesson 7 – 14 Lesson 15 – 22 Lesson 23 – 32
Bernstein Century – Children’s Classics Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf by Schulman Carnival of the Animals – Saint-SaensDisney’s Fantasia 2000 – Finale 

Bugs and Daffy’s Carnival of the Animals

Coloring Book

Young Person’s Guide to the OrchestraThe Story of the Orchestra

Musical Instruments coloring book (Dover)

Picture Study

Exploring Landscape Art With Children by Gladys Blizzard

Hunters in the Snow (Breugel)The Lackawanna Valley (Inness)

The Oregon Trail (Bierstadt)

The Starry Night (Van Gogh)

The Repast of the Lion (Rousseau)Summer House, Bayshore (Glackens)

Day and Night (Escher)

New York Waterfront (Davis)

Route 6, Eastham (Hopper)Red Hills and Bones (O’Keefe)

Mountains and Sea (Frankenthaler)

Michigan Avenue with View of the… (Estes)

Civics BranchesPresident/VP

Form of Government

Senators – Senate

Congress – Congressmen

Supreme Court

Voting age/requirements

Constitution & Preamble

Governor of AlabamaState Senators

State Congressmen

Local government

Define – and countries that use this form of gov’t:Anarchy





Morning Prayers Forty Dreams of St. John Bosco (St. John Bosco)St. Andrew’s Missal

Memory Work:

      Morning Prayers from Prime

Saint of the Day (Vol 2)  

Read Aloud:St. Andrew’s Missal

Memory Work:

       Morning Prayers from Prime

Saint of the Day (Vol 2)  (Vol 1)

Read Aloud:St. Andrew’s Missal

Memory Work:

     Morning Prayers from Prime

Saint of the Day (Vol 1)

Click here to download:  Morning Basket Overview 2014/15

Click here to download:  Morning Basket – 2014/15 – Term 1

P1090280 I like to keep our morning prayer books collected in a common space since we pray before we begin almost everything else in our day.  Our morning prayer routine is pretty simple.  The children are expected to be awake and dressed by 6:00 am, downstairs and gathered for prayer afterward.  We’re memorizing all the Morning Prayers as listed in The Saint Andrew Daily Missal this year.  The following are the books we use during our prayer time:

  • Morning prayers (some taken from Prime) in the The Saint Andrew Daily Missal
  • Liturgical Year reading and reading from the lives of the saints – I use these (but usually just one, depending on the day):
    • Lives of the Saints (Hoever)
    • Daughter’s of St. Paul: Saints for Young People, Volume 1, Volume 2 (1963 edition because we follow the 1962 calendar for the Extraordinary Form, but the Daughters of St. Paul do have the same books updated to reflect the New calendar, too.)
    • The historical and liturgical information in The Saint Andrew Daily Missal
  • The Catechism in Examples by Rev. Chisholm – oop, but you can find free ebook editions of the 5 volumes here (unfortunately, I just couldn’t get my ebooks to format well and it made the books difficult to read…) so if you’re hunting for this 5 volume series, look for the set that was fairly recently reprinted by Roman Catholic Books.
  • Mother Love – wonderful little prayers in this book and I use it for my personal morning prayer time after I finish with family prayer time with the kids.
  • Divine Office – this simple book is so easy to follow and helps us as we sometimes try to pray parts of the Office (mostly Prime right now).  Note that this does not contain the full prayers of the Divine Office, and this book follow the 1962 Office readings.
  • Forty Dreams of St. John Bosco by St. John Bosco – these little biographical accounts of St. John Bosco’s different dreams (each with a particular theme, many of which pertain to purity) are wonderful for short little read alouds, and the saint’s writing is delicate enough for littles to be present, while being clear enough for older children.  LOVE this book – it makes such an excellent read aloud!

I’ll be back soon to resume our Charlotte Mason Teaching Tuesday series!  Until then – happy planning!