You’ve probably heard of homeschool morning basket time. This is time carved out at the beginning of the school day to snuggle on the couch and read together. Whether it’s literature, poems, or assigned read alouds, the idea is to get the family together and reading. The bigger goal is to give your children a rich, literary childhood.
But have you heard of the homeschool afternoon basket? The goal is the same as the morning basket, but how you put it into practice is a little different.
Many homes observe an hour or so of quiet time in the afternoons. This provides a much-needed break for mom, as well as some much-needed peace and quiet for the kids. It’s tempting for kids to want to fill this time with video games, iPads, television, and maybe not-so-high-quality books. The idea behind the afternoon basket is to fill kids' “down time” with high-quality, useful readings.
What kind of readings do you put in the afternoon basket? You could choose readings that would enhance what they are learning in homeschool. Or you could fill their afternoon baskets with quality books you (or they) would find interesting. Or you could fill their baskets with books on a subject that always seems to get put on your homeschool back burner.
Parents will have to do a little curating for the afternoon basket. You will need to pick out books, clip articles, and maybe make a trip to the library. But once the upfront work is done, parents can rest assured that their kids’ minds are being filled with good words and pictures even during their down times.
Here are some ideas about what to include in the afternoon basket:
Afternoon basket time can be a great addition to your homeschool. It can awaken wonder, helps kids meditate upon beautiful pictures and words, and increase their knowledge of important people, places, and events. Why not give it a try?