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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Circle Time Schoolhouse Review #hsreveiws

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We have tried many different schedules for our school over the years. The one that seems to work the best is when we do all of our subjects that involve everyone first and then the kids move on to their independent work. Kendra Fletcher from Preschoolers and Peace shows how to incorporate all ages in a learning time in her book Circle Time: Plan the Best Part of Your Day.
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Circle Time: Plan the Best Part of Your Day is a 33 page e-book available for $4.99. It will help you plan a Circle Time that will work for you, strategies for a peaceful time together, and tips on how to get your kids on board for this. There are questions from other moms, and words of wisdom from moms who do Circle Time, plus resources, activities, ideas, and planner sheets.

Kendra started her Circle Time as a way to gather all of the children together for prayer & bible reading before starting their day. She has her Circle Time right after breakfast so the kids have a fresh mind and are eager to participate. Over the years she has added more items to their Circle Time & it has become her families favorite time of the day as they all learn together.

Circle Time suggests things that you can include in your own Circle Time that will benefit all ages of kids & how to expand it to include older children. There are 2 sample schedules that you can use for your own Circle Time. One is for a full load during the school year and another one is for the summer months. There are also forms included that will help you get your Circle Time organized, so you won't forget something that you want to cover. There are also suggestions on how to keep your memory work, and prayer requests organized.

Most of our homeschool years we have completed our learning together time first thing in the morning & like Kendra it is our favorite time of the day. We just didn't have a name for ours. We also have another family time in the evening because when my teenagers were still at home they worked early morning hours and the younger kids weren't up yet. Our evening time is usually just devotions & a read aloud. Our morning time is more school related work & review items that include everyone. Now that I no longer have little kids running around our time together has increased. I have 8, 11, & 12 year old girls still at home. We start with things that include all three of them & then we save things that my 11 & 12 year old work on together last. That way Alaina can color or draw quietly while she listens to the older girls items. This way she is still learning with the rest of us, but she isn't terribly bored.

Circle Time contains a wealth of information that I wish I could have read when my oldest started school. It took me years of trial and error to figure out a system that worked for our family & this could have been a big help. I agree with Kendra about having your babies & toddlers sit quietly on your lap during part of the Circle Time. This way they not only learn to sit and listen at home, but when you are out some where they need to be still they have already been taught to do this. Our church doesn't have a children's church or a nursery, so we would practice sitting still and being quiet or doing quiet things for an hour at a time. This way they could easily sit through an entire church service.
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Kendra has been married for 21 years and homeschools her 8 children. She started Preschooler and Peace because she has always homeschooled with preschoolers around. She wants to share some tips she has learned along the way and wants to encourage you on your homeschool journey.

Circle Time will look different for every family, and Circle Time: Plan the BEST Part of Your Homeschool Day is a great resource to get you started or give you knew ideas.

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