Breakfast and Bible
As I looked forward to my first year of homeschooling, I decided that we needed a revamp of our preschool morning routine. Monitoring screen time for my daughter has always been a priority for me. But also a struggle. Mostly because she LOVES television and movies. Honestly, so do I (especially of the Disney variety!) And on days that it is raining, scorchingly hot, or when I don’t feel well, the TV temptation is real!
We had fallen into the routine of watching a show or two when she first woke up in the morning, and then again when she got up from her nap in the afternoon. I started to feel like this was too much when she began asking for more and I felt tempted to say “OK.” Also, she struggled to accept my “no.” So we made a change.
Fortunately about this time we spent a weekend with some good friends who (gasp!) do not have a TV! That in itself blew Little Love’s mind! But she and I both were reminded that screen time is not necessary. In fact it often hinders our plans for the day. So when we got back home I rode the momentum from our “TV detox” and began our Breakfast and Bible routine.
Keeping It Simple!
I purchased The One-Year Devotions for Preschoolers through www.christianbook.com. Each day of the year has a short and relatable story with very sweet illustrations. Each story is linked to a passage of scripture and a little prayer. At first I didn’t love the idea of reciting pre-written prayers. But since we’ve stared this routine I have noticed her think of more topics to pray about. It has been so fun to listen to her thank God in prayer for animals, the ocean, and other aspects of His creation. We do not focus on memorizing the prayers. We simply pray it once together and are finished.
Many times the topic of the devotion will circle back around throughout the week. If she is scared or nervous about something I can say, “Remember when our devotional book talked about how the Holy Spirit is always with us?” Or once I noticed her bringing some toys to her little sister and I was able to praise her for considering others, just like our book discussed. It has been a blessing to both of us.
Building a Foundation
Beginning our day together at the table, focused on God, has led to many laid back, fun, and stress free days. They are certainly not all that way! But I believe that we are laying a foundation on which God will build for years to come!
Tell me about your morning routine below!
Luke 6:47-49 NIV
As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.