It wasn’t until a couple of years ago, when we began our homeschool journey, that I even heard about morning menus. Honestly, when I heard the word “menu” I thought restaurant menus, but that’s not the case. So I’m going to be giving you the scoop on morning menus and how to use them for preschool!
What Are Morning Menus?
There are several variations of morning menus, but the original concept comes from a Charlotte Mason approach. But what I have found in most morning menus is a 4-8 page printable that can be used over and over every morning by younger and older children. An example layout might include:
- Calendar Time
- Weather/Tracing/Emotions/Days of the Week
- Art Study
- Music Study
But the beauty of using them, is you can include whatever you like and change as needed! In this way, you’re able to have theme weeks or months or discover what your child benefits from the most. Once you take the initial time to put together, that’s it! It’s open and go from there, it’s not something you have to prep every single day.
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Our Morning Menu Bundle
When I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted to use for our preschooler, I decided to make my own! I never dreamed this would be a top seller in my Etsy shop! But 40 copies have been sold in less than 3 months! So here is a list of what is included in our $5, 32 page PDF menu bundle printable:
•My Morning Menu Cover Page
•The Alphabet Reference Guide
•The Alphabet Tracing
•Numbers 0-30 Reference Guide
•Numbers 0-30 Tracing
•Months of the Year Reference Guide
•Months of the Year Tracing
•Days of the Week Reference Guide
•Days of the Week Tracing
•All About the Weather (Season, Weather, Temperature)
•All About Today (Month, Week, Write the Date)
•Today I Feel
•June 2022-December 2023 Calendar Tracing Pages
Once you purchase you can print out multiple copies for multiple children and do morning time together!
How to Use Morning Menus
Finally, you might be wondering how to put your morning menu bundle together. I recommend using a restaurant menu cover to put your pages in. These will hold up to 8 pages, which should be plenty for a preschooler. I have also used a binder with sheet protectors, which works well too. However, the restaurant menu is more durable, takes up less space, and gives an overall finished look.
I recently discovered dry erase crayons! I prefer these over the dry erase markers. There’s less odor and they erase so much easier! I also give my 4 year old a cotton round to use as an eraser.
Once the older kids are started on some of their independent work, I will sit with my 4 year old and help her begin working on her morning menu bundle. Her favorite part is circling her feelings for the day! And from there we can discuss the weather and more!
Really morning menus can be used however you like. For example, they can be used in your morning basket time, as independent work, or as the main workbook for your younger or preschool age children. I most commonly see them used during the “morning basket” time. During this time, even if it’s not in the morning, it’s simply a way to bring everyone together to do group learning. Devotionals, prayers, read aloud, or any other group subject that is for the entire family.
Expanding Morning Menus with Books
This is a great time to incorporate some reading one-on-one time with the younger ones! Grab a comfy spot and curl up with a book that expands on what is in the morning menu bundle!
Additionally, we love the What Should Danny Do? What Should Danny Do? School Day, What Should Danny Do? On Vacation. There’s also What Should Darla Do? These books are fun and interactive. They give the child the power to choose their actions and then they can see the result of their choice.
Benefits for Children
Finally, by using a morning menu bundle, younger children can begin learning the alphabet, counting numbers 1-30, introduce them to the weather, seasons, temperature, months, days of the week, how to read a calendar and more!
It’s a gentle and easy way to have your younger children participate and spark their love of learning!
Morning Menu Bundle FAQs
One last thing, I thought this would be a great time to answer to some frequently asked questions about the morning menu bundle!
Q: How much is the Morning Time Menu Bundle?
A: Our morning menu bundle is 32 pages for $5.00 in our Etsy shop.
Q: Will future calendar year pages be made?
A: Yes, we will be updating and adding calendars as needed.
Q: Is it possible to order this as a physical product?
A: We don’t currently offer physical products in our shop. However, if you would like to have this printed and bound you can do so at Watson Family Press.
Q: Can this be used for travel?
A: This would be great to take on a trip and be able to explore and discuss the difference in weather and seasons!
If you’ve enjoyed this post be sure to check out Advice for Homeschooling with Younger Siblings. And I just added September 2022-May 2023 calendar tracing pages to my free printable library! Just drop your email below to get them. You will also gain access to my entire free printable library with over 30 printables!
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