I first read about doing a Morning Basket on the Wildflowers and Marbles blog and thought it would be a wonderful addition to our morning routine. We were already doing Bible memorization so we just added that into our basket. I think my very young kids (4 and 2) appreciate knowing a definite beginning, middle and end to things so the basket simply helps us stay organized. We do three things in our morning basket (we’ll probably add a few more as they get older):
1. Daily Scripture
Appropriately heard as we eat our daily bread, the scripture is a wonderful part of our morning. I’ve been loosely following the church calendar with our readings this year. We read through Matthew during January-March learning about the life of Jesus ending up at the death and resurrection at Easter time. Now we are going through the book of Acts and learning about the ministry of the Apostles. We read from the Children’s Living Bible. I find the translation to be in kid-friendly language but not dumbed down.
2. Scripture Memory Verses
We use the Simply Charlotte Mason method for memorizing scripture. It has been super effective even for my 4 year old. Hubby and I pick about one verse a week to teach to the kids daily. As it is memorized and new verses come in, it moves back behind even/odd day tabs, then once a week tabs, then once a month. I give Bud a sticker on the back of the card when he memorizes a verse. I love hearing him say the Words of God.
3. Fun, Silly Book
We finish with a couple pages from a light, silly book. Right now we are reading Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower by Peggy Parish. Peanut doesn’t understand most of the story but she giggles each time I turn the page just because Bud always laughs. It’s really cute.
We love the Morning Basket. It’s a simple, fun way to make sure that the Bible is a part of each day. As the kid’s grow, I know I will continue to enjoy seeing their smiles and reading God’s Word with them. I love starting these traditions while they are still so young.