Kim at Love Letter to my Kids asked me for more details on my new schedule, so I thought I would take a part of my day and share it with you. This is our first week of “real home school” as my five-year old puts it. “Real” Home School includes circle time, catechism, math, phonics, reading, science history, and phyiscal education.
From 8:00 to 8:45 am, four days a week , all three of us participate in circle time. This is a time for both of my girls to sing, to dance, and to learn. I looked at many ideas and formats, however many seemed to be more work for me than my children. Then I came upon a book at the library entitled What your Preschooler needs to know by E.D. Hirsch and Linda Bevilacqua. In it, there is a collection of poems, songs, fingerplay, traditional fairy tales and fables, science, history, and art.
So there’s our circle time routine:
- The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
- Patriotic song, this week, “She’s a Grand Old Flag”
- Alleluia Movement Song
- Bible story, right now, we are using the Veggie Tales Bible Storybook.
- Catechism, Seton Kindergarten for Young Catholics, we are reviewing and explaining traditional prayers this week; Sign of Cross, Glory be, the Lord’s Prayer and the Hail Mary.
- Poem or Song with Movement: This week, we are singing “I’m a Little Teapot”, and “I’m a Little Seed”, both with the same tune.
- Weather postings with song “Is it raining?” (We review the calendar during the Math lesson).
- Story Time:Traditional Fairy Tale or Fable, or Science, or History. Later in the afternoon, we review the story and draw a picture about it.
After circle time, we have a break. I exercise on the elliptical, my five-year old watches “Super Why” on PBS Kids, and my three-year old runs around and plays. We start lessons back at 9:30 am with Math.