- pick up with Philippians 2. We had learned verses 1-11 before Christmas, so now we’re on to verses 12-18.
- continue with the Gettysburg Address. The girls knew the first two paragraphs before Christmas, so we’re continuing from there.
- learn Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “How Do I Love Thee” sonnet. This is Candace’s Memory Work Made Easy suggestion for the month of February.
- learn the hymn “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go,” which is another of Candace’s suggestions. We’re mostly learning the arrangement by Indelible Grace.
I’m also attempting to have the DLM learn Psalm 100, but I’m afraid I’m not very consistent with this.
Something new I’m doing this six weeks is attempting a loop schedule for some read-alouds. We usually do Circle Time proper about three times a week, so I have two books on rotation, with a third place being a “wild card” position for a history chapter or artist biography we might share. The two books are A World in a Drop of Water by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein and Mathematicians Are People, Too (volume 1) by Luetta and Wilmer Reimer.
Both of these books are sort of off-the-cuff choices. I chose the microscope book because Louise got a good microscope for Christmas, so I wanted to capitalize on her interest in it. In another fit of inspiration, I decided to have the girls make mini-books based on what we learn in A World in a Drop of Water, one page per organism studied. The idea is that after we finish reading the short book, we’ll actually observe the organisms in some creek or pond water and the girls can add their own drawings.
We also throw in review of our Latin chants, though sometimes that happens in the van instead on days we’re out and about. Latin isn’t really a part of our Circle Time routine, but I include it here because it is a big part of our memory work.
How’s Circle Time (or whatever you call it) going in your home?