A look at our Morning Basket plans for Term 3 of this year...
Calendar Work - in English and Italian (daily)
Poetry - one poem from each of our poets for the term, William Wordsworth for Year 4 and A.A. Milne for Year 1 (daily)
Short Reading - from a couple of the following:
:: Hillyer's A Child's Geography of the World (two chapters per week)
:: Flos Sanctorum (verses for the week based on the liturgical year)
:: The New St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism No. 1 (one section per week)
:: Amy Steedman's Legends of Italy (one chapter per week)
:: Amy Steedman's Read-Aloud Book of Bible Stories (New Testament chapters)
:: The Epistle of St. Timothy from the Douay-Rheims Bible (bit by bit)
:: Family in Feast and Feria's "Lent for Children: A Thought a Day" (daily)
Extra Religion Reading - Since Cate is in the last few months of sacramental preparation, I'm doing some extra reading from her "First Communion shelf" a couple times a week during Morning Basket, particularly of the books that will interest the little kids also: Mother Loyola's The King of the Golden City and Leading Little Ones to Mary.
Read-Aloud - With any breakfast time I have left before the babies start fussing, I read from one of our scheduled read-alouds: Gone-Away Lake and Reb and the Redcoats.
In the Afternoon
Memory Work (daily) - includes review of that day's items from our memory "notebook" as well as time spent on our current selections:
:: Hymns - Dear Guardian of Mary, Adoremus Te Christe, On This Day, Bring Flowers of the Fairest
:: Folk Songs - O Dear What Can The Matter Be, Billy Boy, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Come Along Little Dogeys
:: Bible - ongoing memorization of The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17)
:: Prayers - Apostles' Creed in Latin (just reviewing), the Words of Consecration (in Latin and English), the prayers of the Divine Mercy chaplet
:: Poetry - For Cate, AA Milne's "Halfway Up" and more of choice; For the Big Kids, Wordsworth's "Daffodils" and "To a Skylark" and more of choice
:: Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream 5.1 (Theseus' "Lovers and madmen" speech), The Winter's Tale 4.3.1-4 (Autolycus on spring) and 4.4.446-448 (Perdita on "the self-same sun")
We move on to a new selection once we have the previous selection memorized rather than on a regular schedule, so our plans are just that--plans. I update our Memory Work index with the ones we cover as we go along.
Italian Memory Work (daily) - The older three and I cover new concepts, games, and conversation during naptime, but we usually do our Italian memory work with the littles around:
:: Rhymes - "Pin pin cavallin" and "La Vispa Teresa" from Filastrocche Italiane
:: Songs - "Tu canterai" and "Cosi fan" from Teach Me Everyday Italian
:: Series - "I can do many things" ...and another series TBD ;)
Picture Study on John William Waterhouse (once weekly) - two weeks for each piece, alternating between observation/narration and a picture sketch
Music Study on Palestrina (once weekly) - including attentive listening and discussion