Each day after our breakfast and morning routine, we all come together for our morning basket. “What’s a morning basket?” is a question I’m asked often. A morning basket is our first bit of school in the morning, and it focuses on just a few things that really matter to us and get our minds warmed up for the day. For my family, it’s the time that we read the Bible, read a devotion for the day, go over catechism questions, pray together, and learn a new hymn together. These are the priorities. Also in our morning basket is our morning read-aloud book. This is a book that I read to the kids purely for enjoyment. No quizzes, no narration. Just fun.
Our morning basket always includes going over catechism questions, reading the Bible, and reading a devotional reading. As Reformed Baptists, the catechisms we use are called Keach’s Catechism and The Orthodox Catechism. Our current devotional is “Comforting Hearts Teaching Minds” by Starr Meade. This devotional book is based on the Heidelberg Catechism. Our Baptist Catechism, The Orthodox Catechism, very closely resembles the Heidelberg, so this book has been a great fit. Each reading for the day includes a few passages of scripture to read. We pray prayers of Thanksgiving to the Lord, pray for our church, for our family members, and any other specific requests we know about.
The hymn we are currently working on is My Hope is Built on Nothing Less (On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand). My girls are doing a great job learning all of the verses! Our current memory verse is 1 John 4:14.
“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.”
1 John 4:14 ESV
In my oldest daughter’s Sunday School class, she and her friends made a Ten Commandments craft that shows both tables of the law and includes little cards with each commandment on them. We decided to add this to our morning basket so that they could learn the Ten Commandments. The rules of our home are based on the Ten Commandments, so this was a great visual to help the girls know and understand them better.
Finally, our current read-aloud is “Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I read “Little House in the Big Woods,” and my girls really enjoyed it. So we decided to continue the series. My girls love hearing about Laura and what it was like to live in her time with her family.
Morning basket is possibly my favorite part of our day. My goal is to continue it consistently because it’s so important for my kids to hear about the Lord. After morning basket, we’re all rejuvenated and ready for a great day.