A few months ago, I came upon a beautiful tradition that completely changed the way I homeschool. It’s called Morning Time, and it’s made popular by mothers such as Cindy Rollins and others. The gist of it, is to gather your family in the morning and immerse them in what is essential: good literature, great works of art, classical music, etc. The idea comes from Charlotte Mason’s advice on education.
This practice has different names: morning time, symposium, poetry tea time. I started doing this with my two daughters at the end of the school day since it never did really work for us to do it first thing in the morning. We called it poetry tea time. And it was basically just that, we finished the day with a read aloud of good poetry and a cup of tea. As we began to add more beauty to said time, I began to feel pity that my husband was not partaking in this beautiful tradition, so we decided to move it to the evenings, after dinner, when my husband could join us.
The end result looks like this: we drink a cup of tea (or whatever), sometimes there’s sweets and we immerse ourselves in one full hour of beauty, hence we changed the name to The Beauty Hour.