So far this year, Circle Time has been short and sweet. Well, that’s not exactly true; schooling a seventh grader and a first grader (with a fifth grader in the middle and a very chatty three year old bringing up the rear) has necessitated a re-ordering of our days. What that means is that we start our days at home with a very brief together-time, and then the girls and I get back together sometime just before or after lunch for our own “big girls” Circle Time. It looks like we have finally settled into a routine, and so I’m finally ready to share it.
We start with music. After several years of traditional hymns, this year I decided to bring in something that I thought might appeal a bit more to my six-year-old who really likes music. I decided something very upbeat and fun was in order, and what’s more upbeat and fun than fiddle music?
I bought the album Getty Kids Hymnal: In Christ Alone and started with the first song: a medley of the Doxology and “Oh, Shout for Joy.” It has turned out to be a lot of fun as well as a great song to take us into the Thanksgiving season. I think we’ll just continue with this collection of songs after Christmas. I’ve never regretted investing the time in hymn singing with my children!
I let the girls pick out their own memory work poems for this first session. Lulu chose “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll, which she almost already had memorized because we’ve watched this video so many times.
You’re welcome. 🙂
Louise chose Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s “The Oak”:
by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Live thy Life,
Young and old,
Like yon oak,
Bright in spring,
Then; and then
All his leaves
Fall’n at length,
Look, he stands,
Trunk and bough
This poem has turned out to not be a super easy one to memorize, but she’s working at it and will eventually conquer it.
Most days we also read the Bible together and pray, though the Bible reading part has begun to shift to supper time so we can share that with Steady Eddie.
That’s pretty much it, unless I read a picture book or two. Well, I always try to do that, but I leave it up to the girls as to whether or not they’ll stay and listen. Predictably, the eldest almost always opts not to, and the younger sister almost always does. I want to do more, but right now is not the time to bring the boys in on it. We’ll work on that as they get older.
This year has by far been the biggest year of change we’ve had yet in our homeschool. I knew it was coming, but I wasn’t really prepared for it. It’s good, though. My girls are taking on huge amounts of responsibility. That’s what we want! (Although I will admit that it’s a little bittersweet. . . )
How do you handle your family/together work in your homeschool?