Welcome to the Homeschool Highlight Reel (HHR), a place for homeschooling families to share ideas, inspiration, and encouragement! To find all of the HHR buttons and jazz or to learn more, click here.
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
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.
If you are a homeschooling family, we would love to have you join us by entering a post into MckLinky below. If this is your first time entering, feel free to enter a post from earlier in the week or even older. Fridays is a good day for me to post, but I know its not the best day for everyone! Remember to add a HHR button to your post or sidebar so that readers can come back and see the master list!