Upon reading, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that we daily include a Circle Time of our own in our school schedule ~ although I had always called it morning devotions with some additions added in :)
When we begin our school day we join together for a time before the children begin their individual studies. This time has always contained a short Bible lesson, prayer & Bible memorisation. We often include Times tables & phonogram revision (the older two did not use the program we are currently using to learn their phonograms, so there are a few that they are still getting their heads around). This is also the time we talk about the day & my expectations. I can address any issues that effect all four kiddos and sometimes it involves additional training times ( such as how to hand wash dishes properly now the dishwasher has died).
|Back when we first started homeschooling ~ Circle Time does not need to always be indoors!|
Since reading Circle Time by Preschoolers and Peace I have also implemented another Circle Time after lunch. At this time we complete our 'other' subject of the day (Monday ~ Science; Tuesday ~ PDHPE; Wednesday ~ HSIE; Thursday ~ Art & Music; Friday ~ Anything that needs to be caught up on ). Even though some of these are at grade level I have tried to make sure that the topics all align so that we can complete some teaching time & activity together before the children each complete their own particular sheet. The children love this time & it gives them a reprieve from their more intense studies of the morning. This is also the time when they can work on any group projects such as dramas etc.
|This morning ~ complete with wrinkled table cloth & random paper aeroplanes laying around!|
Circle Time is available in pdf format for $4.99 (US) at Preschoolers and Peace.
Circle Time is an easily read, easily implemented book that will assist you in planning the very best part of your homeschooling day!