Your plans for your Morning Gathering Homeschool are really coming together now! We have looked at the who, what, when, why, where, and how. Now, let’s have a look at a few of the resources I have used (or plan to use!). Obviously, there are countless resources just ripe for the picking.
Here’s a small sampling of paper materials that we have used. I like to use books to give the boys the opportunity to practice search skills with using table of contents and index. The two favorites of the brigade are the Picture Book of Saints and A Catholic Child’s Illustrated Lives of the Saints. They will often bring these books to the table during snack or meal time to look through and talk about various aspects of different saints.
Professor Noggin’s trivia card games are also big hits! It’s amazing how many facts we all learn from playing them! (We have a few other sets-American Revolution, History of the United States, Ancient Civilizations, Wonders of the World plus the Presidents of the United States which is shown below).
I think manipulatives are so very helpful with learning. And, really, just about anything can be used! Here are a few examples of what we use for (primarily) math:
Smiley LOVES these counting cubes (that’s what we call them!). He likes me to use these to build an equation (3 red + 4 blue =?) and race him while he does his addition and subtraction facts on paper. Note the 3 yellow/blue combos: he also enjoys making a Minion “army”!
We use saint cards in a variety of ways in our Morning Gathering. I pin them to a corkboard and use as a visual. The brigade enjoys looking at them while we talk about the Saint of the Week.
I find it is best if I leave the saint cards out and open for perusal; the brigade is much more likely to browse through them if casually put aside. Many interesting discussions have arose (as well as curiosities) by their use of saint cards during Morning Gathering!
Also, we recently designed this Saint Card Display. It has been a huge hit! The boys love looking at the various saints and we end up talking about the saints’ lives, symbols, and feast days.
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org) =We use this website mostly for information on saints and prayers.
Real Life at Home (www.reallifeathome.com)=I love this site for printables and great family ideas for Catholic monthly activities! Angie does an amazing job-she is one of my blog heroines! Check out her extensive list of ideas and printables-you will not be disappointed!
Catholic Icing (www.catholicicing.com)=Another fantastic site for Catholic family friendly ideas, crafts, and activities. Lacy is another Catholic woman who inspires me-and inspires my ideas for our homeschool! Again, you will not be disappointed with her wonderful site!
American Catholic (www.americancatholic.org)=We use this website for information on saints.
EWTN (www.ewtn.com)=I have found some helpful articles and videos here about the Church.
YouTube (www.youtube.com)=I have found quite a few useful videos on YouTube. I just do a simple search on the site and try to find the most appropriate. Also, I skip over the ads-they waste time and never quite sure on the content. We have used videos on such topics as preschool songs, manners, countries, saints, and many educational concepts. (I didn’t add any link because I would hate to attach something that later popped up with something inappropriate.)
As I stated above, I use YouTube for many educational songs. Also, we have quite a few CDs that were handed down to us by my mom (retired Kindergarten teacher). Another new resource for music that has been wonderful is Amazon Music (we have an Amazon Prime membership). I have the app on my phone. I just tap on the app, do a search for Catholic music, and we sit back and enjoy!
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I’ve shared just a bit of the many resources available for use in Morning Gathering. Share here what books, music, videos-any resource-you find helpful in your homeschool!
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