Homeschool Highlight Reel- Circle Time

Work & Play, Day By Day

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I originally thought I would be posting my Grace & Courtesy lessons or my leaf shape documentation, but alas I can still not get my camera to upload and I haven't remembered to ask Tim where the memory card reader is. That's ok though because I still have something great to share with all of you!

As a preschool teacher, circle time was a daily deal for me. I could probably lead circle time with any group of kids with my eyes closed. When it comes to my own kids, however, I had not jumped onto the circle time bandwagon prior to this week. I had a conversation a few years ago with a Montessori Children's House teacher who was telling me that he likes to do his morning meeting at the end of work time because most children enter the classroom in the morning with an idea of what they would like to work on for the day and he likes them to be able to get right to it.

That sounded very logical to me and I adapted that approach in our home from the start.

Recently, however, I noticed that it wasn't materials everyone was clamoring for at the beginning of work time, it was me! Kylee finally gave up her morning nap and she wanted to be in the thick of things even more so than before, so I decided to give circle time a try.

I have to say that it is going outstanding! It has helped with the clamoring problem and Kylee loves it. She is obviously still learning the whole sitting still concept, but she is getting there. She just lights up when we sing and we taught her how to play ring around the rosy, which is just precious to watch.

Our homeschool circle time routine

Welcome songs
Song, story, or game
Announcements (lessons for the day and any other events on the calendar)
Individual dismissal to work

Do you use a circle time in your homeschool? What are your favorite circle time books or activities? Do you have questions about doing group time with mixed ages? I would love to hear about it in the comments.

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1 comment:

Cheryl @ On the Old Path said...

Your circle time sounds like fun. We do an everyone gather around time. There are a few on these times throughout our day. First thing after breakfast is Family Devotion time (and we still have a few wigglers too.) When that is finished the kids have a bit of time to finish up chores and then we have a time similar to yours. Later in the afternoon we have a read aloud time when I read to the kids. Finally, at the end of the day we have everybody pile on top of Mommy's bed (its Daddy's too) for bedtime stories and prayer time we usually debrief our day at that time someone usually gets the ball rolling with my favorite part of the day was...
Thanks for sharing about your circle time and you have me looking forward to Grace and Courtesy and Leaf shape documentation my interest has been peeked.