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Morning Time Plans for Times of Crisis

 Free Resources:

  1. Morning Time Plans for Holy Week

  2. 2 week free trial of A Gentle Feast

  3. 5 day introduction course to homeschooling based on the Charlotte Mason Philosophy

  4. 10 lessons from 100 Gentle Lessons in Sight and Sound (You can try the first 10 lessons free HERE and get the sample flash cards HERE.)

  5. Spotify Playlist

Book Recommendations:

During difficult times, there are few things that comfort my soul than the power of a good book. I’ve included many of my favorites on this list. I chose quality books that had stories of inspiration, kindness, and determination. I pray your family will enjoy this time to bond over a great book!

Picture Books

  1. A New Coat For Anna
  2. Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud
  3. How Full is Your Bucket? By Tom Rath
  4. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  5. Roxaboxen by Barbara Cooney
  6. Leah’s Pony by Elizabeth Freidrich
  7. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  8. The Hard Times Jar by Ethel Smothers
  9. The Bee Tree and Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
  10. Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson
  11. The Three Questions (Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy) by Jon J. Muth
  12. Lend a Hand: Poems about Giving by John Frank
  13. The Gardener by Sarah Stewart
  14. Peppe and The Lamplighter by Elisa Bartone
  15. The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills

Fairy Tales

“Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.” – G. K Chesterton

Fairy Tales are so important to a child, especially during difficult times. In their imaginations they can process the difficulties of real life in a safe space. I love the colored fairy books by Andrew Lang. Some may seem harsh to our modern tastes, but my kids love them. You can find them in the public domain HERE and on audio HERE.

Upper Elementary- Middle School

(the stared books would make good read alouds for younger children as well)

  1. Twenty and Ten by Claire Bishop
  2. The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia by Esther Hautzig
  3. The Heart of the Samarai by Margi Preus
  4. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser*
  5. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  6. The Railway Children by E. Nesbit*
  7. Five Children and It by E. Nesbit*
  8. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  9. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis*
  10. The Light Princess and The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald*
  11. The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson*
  12. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall*
  13. Trumpet of the Swan and Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White*
  14. What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge*
  15. Pollyanna by Eleanor H Porter*
  16. Heidi by Johanna Spyri*
  17. Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John*
  18. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  19. The Green Ember Series by S. D Smith*
  20. The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson
  21. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  22. Number the Stars by Louis Lowry
  23. Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher*
  24. Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Graham*
  25. Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt
  26. The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton
  27. The Spiderwick Chronicles
  28. The Tales of Despereaux and Because of Winn Dixie by Katie DiCamillo
  29. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
  30. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

High School

  1. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Young Reader’s Edition) by William Kamkwamba *You must get the young reader’s edition of this one!
  2. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
  3. Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall
  4. Night by Ellie Wiesel
  5. Little Women by Allcott
  6. Knights of Arrethtrae Series by Chuck Black
  7. A Chance to Die by Elisabeth Elliot
  8. Chronicles of Prydian Lloyd Alexander
  9. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  10. God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew
  11. I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai
  12. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  13. The End of the Spear by Steve Saint
  14. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein
  15. Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maude Montgomery

Books for Mom

  1. For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
  2. The Call of the Wild and Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child’s Education by Ainsley Arment
  3. Teaching From Rest A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie
  4. Hannah Coulter by Wendall Berry
  5. Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren
  6. When God Doesn’t Fix It: Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn, Truths You Can’t Live Without by Laura Story
  7. It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered by Lysa TerKeurst
  8. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  9. The Path of Loneliness: Finding Your Way Through the Wilderness to God by Elisabeth Elliot
  10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  11. Hinds Feet on High Places by Hanna Hurnard

Other fun ideas to get you through:

Our Favorite Building Resources

  1. K’nex kits
  2. Lego Building Idea Book
  3. Marble run
  4. Magnet Blocks
  5. Wooden Blocks

Our Favorite Board Games

  1. Spot It
  2. Enchanted Forest
  3. Ticket to Ride
  4. Exploding Kittens
  5. Trouble/ Sorry
  6. Heads-Up

A Few More…

  1. Feelings Chart (good to help your child process difficult feelings)
  2. Big Life Journal
  3. Raddish Cooking Club
  4. Vooks (animated story books)
  5. Duolingo (learn a foreign language)