In Part 2 I left off with Mid-Morning Prayer. This is actually the second time during the morning when we all gather together, and so some might call it “Morning Time,” which would make for two Morning Times for our family. Well, whatever you want to call it. Here it is.
10am Mid-Morning Prayer
At around 10am, when the children are done with their school, which I mentioned in Part 2, and I’ve checked and graded it, I call them all to the living room for prayer. We begin with a hymn, I ask for intentions, which are often very sweet, we pray a short prayer like the Memorare, and then we close with a hymn. That’s it.
For example, during the Christmas season we sang Good King Wenceslaus, because it’s their favorite and also O Tannenbaum, because we’re German, and it’s fun to sing in a foreign language. (Well, maybe we’re a bit pagan too? A whole song glorifying a tree? That’s not a hymn.)
Today we sang Good King Wenceslaus for both the opening and the closing because the boys love all those verses about kings and pages and fierce blizzards. They’re obsessed.
Before I let them all run off to their next task, however, we do a review of everyone’s Latin vocabulary. Sometimes we play Latin Around the World, but most days, I call out the English, and they shout back the Latin. And yes, it’s shouting because they all want to be heard. Sometimes this gets to be very loud and chaotic.
10:15am More School
At this point, the Eldest takes the two youngest children and disappears. Glory be to God in the Highest.
Then I commence Song School Latin from Classical Academic Press with Child #2, #3, and #4. They all ardently insist that this is their favorite school to do.
When Latin is done, Child #4 disappears, and I help Child #2 and #3 with the remainder of their school for the day, which is usually Math and Grammar.
Then it is my favorite part of the morning:
10:45 am Outdoor Recess Time!
While the children are frolicking around outside, I fold the first load of laundry and put the second load in the dryer. Then I start heating up leftovers for lunch.
And that’s enough for today. Stay tuned for Part 4.