New hymn: “Rock of Ages”
- “A Mighty Fortress”
- “The Lord’s My Shepherd”
- “Be Thou My Vision”
Bible passage: Colossians 3:1-17 NIV (I’ve sort of changed my mind about using NIV for memory work, but we started learning this one a few years ago when I had no such conviction, so we’ll stick with it so as not to confuse ourselves even further.)
Bible passages for review:
- The Declaration of Independence–the introduction/preamble and the listing of rights, as per The Well-Trained Mind grade 3 recommendations
- The presidents via CC presidents song
- Review CC timeline
- Personal pronouns
- Lulu–“Afternoon on a Hill” by Edna St. Vincent Millay and “Oxymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
- Louise–“A Tragic Story” by William Makepeace Thackeray and “The Land of Nod” by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Review poems–everything they’ve learned up until now (listed in this post), taken one poem per day until we finish them all and then we begin again.
- The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
- the Oxford Illustrated Classics adaptation of Don Quixote by Michael Harrison
I’ve begun to reconsider some of the things I started out including in Circle Time, namely some of the memory work we were doing. Cindy, my virtual Circle Time mentor, says this in her wonderful series of this past October, 31 Days of Morning Time:
I have found if something can be learned by way of flashcards or the computer, it might not be something we need to cover in MT. I am thinking of things like States and Capitals. But memorizing the Presidents is something else altogether. Each time we have a presidents bee it gives us a chance to discuss different presidents. I often give hints such as, “He was considered one of the worst presidents,” or, “His wife was called Lemonade Lucy.” It becomes a way to play with a timeline and picture the past as it moves towards where we ourselves stand in time.
We are not memorizing these things as a utility but rather as a way of being connected to the past or being connected to truth or goodness or beauty. This sort of information should not puff us up as know-it-all smart-alecs but this sort of memorization should humble us as we apply it to the future.
I’ve concluded that some of the work we were doing in math and science (especially math) are better practiced via another method–perhaps a card game or some other fun application.
It’s always a work in progress.
Do you have a circle time in your homeschool? What does it include?