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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Circle Time: Plan the Best Part of Your Homeschool Day ~ a TOS review

What’s the most important time of day in your homeschool? In ours it is our Morning Time Recitations, a.k.a “Circle Time”. My older girls prefer MTR but it is essentially the same. Last year we got away from doing circle time, so I am so happy that I was able to review Kendra Fletcher’s from Preschoolers and Peace, new eBook called Circle Time: Plan the Best Part of Your Homeschool Day.

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Now, you may be thinking that this book is geared only towards families with young children right? Wrong! Circle Time is for all families regardless of the age who want to incorporate group time in with mom or dad and the kids for learning. Kendra, who is a homeschooling mother of 8 children aged 5 to 20, has a simple idea. Set aside a specific time each day to gather and learn together. This 33 page eBook provides practical information and ideas to help you carve out your own Circle Time in your homeschool.

We received the PDF eBook file which retails for $4.99. This eBook is simple and quick to download and is easy to read. Divided into seven sections Circle Time helps you to organize and manage your homeschool day while accomplishing more teaching and learning. Topics include:

~ Planning a Circle Time that Works for You

~ Strategies for Peaceful times Together

~ How to get your kids on board

~ Questions From Moms Like You

~ Words of Wisdom From Other Moms Who Do Circle Time

~ Resources, Activities, and Ideas

~ Printables

Kendra really encourages you to think big of your homeschool and what you want to accomplish in it. Any subject can be apart of Circle Time, the possibilities are endless!

I really enjoyed reading this book and being rejuvenated to fully incorporate our Morning Time Recitations back in to our homeschool this year. While over the summer our MTR’s were hit or miss based off our gym schedule the days we were able to get them in went smoothly and everyone seems happier and less snippity. I know I missed them last school year and I think it will be a great re-addition for all of us to our school year come August.

Over the last few weeks we have been completing our MTR with Bible, prayers, songs and also read-alouds. Next month when we head back to school our MTR’s start at 8AM and I plan on adding in:

  • Bible
  • Memory work
  • Prayers
  • Read-alouds
  • Science
  • Poetry
  • History
  • Art
  • Poetry
  • Geography
  • Math Games Friday

I would like to start out with 25-30 minutes and then work our way up to 45 min – 1 hr  by the end of the school year with the majority of the time spent reading aloud. I know the limits of my voice so I will most likely have the girls take turns reading aloud as we stretch into longer time periods. Not every item listed above will be done every day but we will strive to get the first four items listed done daily.

I wholeheartedly recommend this eBook, it is money well spent! You will come away with so many new ideas to incorporate into your daily schedule you will be up at night thinking and planning…ask me how I know Smile. I think one of the best parts of this eBook is the inclusion of the printables. To me they are invaluable tools that help keep me on track and organized with what we are learning. Be sure to check out what my Crewmates thought of this eBook by clicking the banner below.


Company ~ Preschoolers and Peace

Product ~ Circle Time: Plan The Best Part of Your Homeschool Day

Price ~ $4.99

Format ~ eBook PDF

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