May marks our transition month from “school year” to “summer.”
I still cling to our Morning Time tradition even when it’s no longer officially for school, though.
Perhaps never so much as this year, when I feel each day ticking away before my oldest son graduates. He hasn’t been in Morning Time as often this year, especially due to working 3 days/week but also because sometimes teenagers just have a mind of their own. Ahem.
So I treasure each morning he joins us for read aloud and recitation and singing. And even when he’s not there, the very imminence of his absence (eminence? no, I think I was right the first time) makes me treasure the time I have with the other children as well.
It makes me doubly…triply…yay, even googleplexy more thankful I’ve chosen to invest time in these elements of our morning gathering instead of any other way. I’m thankful for the shared quotes and memories, the shared stories, the share family culture.
So, yes, we may not all be together every day this month. Morning Time may not occur at the same time each day or look exactly the same way.
But I’m going to keep persevering and investing in these relationships with every precious drop of time I have left with these 5 eternal souls God has temporarily entrusted to my care.
This post is a continuation of my informal monthly Morning Time and Memory Work check-ins, where I share the actual Morning Time and memory work my own family will be using for the month. I type it up and print it out for my own family, then come on here to let y’all see it. Email subscribers can also download the pdf I use with my own family from the subscribers freebies page.
Not included on the list is our daily viewing of WORLD Watch News. Folks generally come in and make their breakfasts while we’re watching that.
You’ll notice that I’ve typed up the Bible memory verses in our preferred responsive reading format. We’ll take turns being the one to read the light print, and everyone else will reply with the dark print. We’ve found this hugely helpful in keeping us focused during our Scripture memory work time!
You can read more here about how to choose the best memory work in your own homeschool, or head to the Year of Memory Work for a year’s worth of free printable poems, speeches, and other beautiful pieces for recitation!
I’d love to hear what your family will be including in Morning Time this month! Let me know in the comments below.
More Free Morning Time and Memory Work Plans
- January 2021
- February 2021
- March 2021
- April 2021
- Macbeth printables from August are available exclusively to email subscribers on the subscriber freebie page. Learn more about Shakespeare in our homeschool here.
- September 2021
- October 2021
- January 2022
- February 2022
- March 2022
- April 2022
Morning Time and Memory Work Plans May 2022
Sing, O daughter of Zion!
Shout, O Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
The Lord has taken away your judgments,
He has cast out your enemy.
The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
You shall see disaster no more.
In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
“Do not fear;
Zion, let not your hands be weak.
The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
“I will gather those who sorrow over the appointed assembly,
Who are among you,
To whom its reproach is a burden.
Behold, at that time
I will deal with all who afflict you;
I will save the lame,
And gather those who were driven out;
I will appoint them for praise and fame
In every land where they were put to shame.
At that time I will bring you back,
Even at the time I gather you;
For I will give you fame and praise
Among all the peoples of the earth,
When I return your captives before your eyes,”
Says the Lord.
Bed in Summer
by Robert Louis Stevenson
In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people’s feet
Still going past me in the street.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?
The text of the particular metrical rendition of Psalm 8 that we will be using I cannot reprint here due to copyright. I highly recommend including Psalm singing in your family’s devotion or Morning Time plan, though!
Here is a (very staid) version of the metrical Psalm we’ll be using this month: