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Yes, yes, Malory Towers!!


That is a great idea. I homeschool so no set time to get up, but I still like to get started at a reasonable time.

I tend to not eat breakfast with the girls (6 and 3), but they fight, goof off, and generally do a lot of playing instead of eating. I will definitely try reading as a group while eating breakfast. It may work well at lunch too. Do our Bible story time then. Thanks for the tip!

Melissa @ Breath of Life

That is a good idea!


The Malory Towers series sounds interesting... I've never heard of it before.

Amy @ By His Grace

What a neat idea!


Seriously, you are the best mom I know.


I love this idea, and yes it definitely makes a difference. Our family craves the togetherness of it. We homeschool and we were doing a morning tea, similar to "elevensies" from the Lord of the Rings, only at 10. I would make tea, while the kids set the table, and they would all pick out books. It would last for an hour or more, but the twins got tired of the morning nap and elevensies turned into a dine and have inspired me to get back to it! Lovies,DJ

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