Today we will wrap up our Five Days of Multi-Level Homeschooling Series. I hope you have received hope through this series that you CAN homeschool your blessings from God. There is no magic formula, no secret weapon, no specific discipline technique that will solve all your homeschool problems. Our Heavenly Father does have the answers though and we can take our problems to Him anytime we find ourselves overwhelmed, frustrated, impatient or confused.
Our last topic is about adding a group time to your day. The terms, “circle time and table time” have been coined by some homeschoolers to describe a time when everyone gathers to work together on school subjects or share discussions, journal entries, calendar time and the like. We have always done a few things together, but I recently read a great little book entitled, Circle Time: Plan the Best Part of Your Homeschool Day. You can read my review here. This book helped me realize what I could accomplish in such a short amount of time. I have started doing the following things each morning.
- Bible Time – we all start our day in the Word. This has been a blessing to all of us and I am able to include all ages.
- Memorization – We are working on the books of the Bibles, the Presidents of the United States, Latin Vocabulary, Bible verses and the memorizing the names of the 12 sons of Jacob. I am so excited about all the possibilities here. We are planning to learn states and capitols, order of the planets, major oceans and seas, continents, etc.
- History – We are using Sonlight curriculum and we do our reading together. I let the younger two color or play with blocks or Legos during this time.
- Science – We rotate history and science days. Right now we are working on a science lapbook.
- Preschool time. I let the boys help me teach our three-year old her letters, colors and numbers. They like helping teach and she loves having them participate in “her time”.
All of this can be accomplished in approximately 1.5 hours. If I can get all of this in, I feel like my day is mostly done. The boys then only have their language arts and math to complete on their own. We do a few electives throughout the year that we plug in during the afternoon. This new schedule including circle time, is really working for me. I hope you will give it a try to see how it works for you. May God bless you as you embark on this exciting journey we call homeschooling.
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