I received another e-book to review. This one is from Preschoolers and Peace and is titled Circle Time: Plan the Best Time of Your Homeschool Day! At 33 pages this is a quick read and it only took me about 15 minutes to get through it.
Before I read this e-book I didn’t really have much of a notion as to what was circle time. In my mind I had visions of preschoolers (and maybe Kers) gathered on a rug, in a circle at the local school, sharing stories and doing calendar work. I believe that I participated in something like that myself when I was little, but my memories are quite foggy on that one. So, it was with great interest that I read this book.
I was expecting to read all about show-and-tell ideas for the family setting and how to get everyone to sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star together nicely, but that is not the goal of this book. Instead, Kendra reminds us that it is a great thing to combine our children together in their studies where possible. This doesn’t mean that all children must do the exact same work, but that each child should work on their level on a given topic. For example, your little ones may enjoy a read-aloud while an older child would also narrate and illustrate the story after it has been read.
If you have a toddler in your house, then there are some specific tips on what to do with that age range and how to keep them included. There are also two sample schedules: their full circle time schedule and then their summer light schedule. In addition, Kendra includes a few printables as well to help organize your thoughts and goals for circle time.
For me, if it is not planned and laid out in advance then it will not get done. I began by thinking about our memory time and some things that my son could begin memorizing. We have always used an index card box to contain my daughter’s memory work and I decided to make my son his own box. I have also tried to have a Wednesday tea party where we incorporate poetry readings and faith studies, but more often than not someone would be taking a nap or we would end up skipping it for another reason. Now, I schedule in circle time M-F and if we only get it done 3 times per week I am still quite pleased.
Did this book revolutionize our homeschool? No, it didn’t. But this e-book served as a great reminder to simplify homeschooling where possible by combining my children. It also gave me a few ideas to help add my son into the day a bit better, instead of constantly trying to distract him while my daughter is doing her work. Now my son is content with about 10 minutes of circle time before going off to play with his toys, giving my daughter and I the one-on-one time that we need.
Price: $4.99 for a PDF download