It’s Morning Colloquy (kŏl’ə-kwē) and I first came across this unusual sounding word on a blog called Permanent Things…resisting the tyranny of the Urgent. I was researching Sabbath Schooling and one blog, led to another blog which led to another blog…you get the idea.
Fortunately, she had a link to a blog post about the topic specifically so that I could read what it was exactly. You can click on the link below to read her post. I have found many of her writings refreshing and thought provoking.
Colloquy – (from Latin colloquium: con– [together] + loqui [speak]); meaning “discussion” or “conversation”
I found this intriguing. I had been having trouble getting my first grader to unplug from his plans in the morning to getting schoolwork done. I know that no other homeschool mom has trouble getting her kiddos into school mode <wink, wink> but I do. So, I thought why not give this a try?
No matter how late our morning runs, we always do our Morning Colloquy before anything else. It didn’t take him long to catch on. The word Colloquy didn’t scared him as much as it scared me.
We start with doing our memory work. We use Classical Conversations memory work, but we’re doing Cycle One which coordinates more of our study of history right now. After our memory work, we work on his AWANA verses. He adores AWANA and it fits perfectly with our Colloquy because we can have discussions about the verses or the stories. Then we move onto a story. We snuggle up on the couch and read. Right now we are reading from Crystal Pool: Myths and Legends of the World by Geraldine McCaughrean. He loves this time as well. We spend time talking about how a lot of the ancient people had their own “creation” stories and how it differs or is similar to the one we believe in the Bible.
After this it’s very easy to transition to schoolwork. I think our Morning Colloquy may change over the years but I’m hooked and I’m so grateful to Angelina in Lousiana for posting it on a blog that ended up on my screen when I needed it most. See?? Divine Appointment via computers.
To read Angelina’s blog, click below. Then hop away around her blog or to others. Enjoy your Morning Colloquy!