This is the first post detailing the curriculum we have used this year in our schooling. The next two posts to follow will detail what we have used for Kindy and First Grade.
Each morning we start of together as a group in some learning activities. This time is called “Circle Time”. For those of you not familiar with the concept you can find more information on the Preschoolers and Peace site. The ebook they sell is only $4.99 and is a great help to get your Circle time planned and provides lots of ideas for what to cover.
Here is our normal Circle time structure:
We’ll normally read a few pages of our bible to start.
We then move into a time of prayer praying for our own family, our sponsor children, some missionaries we support, any families we know who are sick, in need of prayer and/or who need salvation.
This character curriculum has lots of wonderful ideas and activities to introduce the concepts of each character quality simply for young children to understand. It’s designed to be used each day for 5 days and covers the definition, a memory verse, the ‘I wills’, a simple prayer, and activities and lessons to reinforce the application in real life.
Here are some sample pages:
It really is an open and go structure making it easy to implement without any prep (besides gathering a few basic supplies when doing the lessons) as per below:
You can purchase the ebook here. I printed mine out and spiral bound it at Officeworks which makes it easier to use.
CALENDAR & WEATHER
Next we update our calendar and weather chart and the 2 oldest complete their calendar notebooks:
The calendar chart printable and calendar notebook are from Our Aussie Homeschool.
SCRAPBOOK JOURNAL (THURSDAYS)
On a Thursday the boys draw a picture in their scrapbook journal and then dictate a sentence on what they’ve drawn. Eventually they will copy the sentence and then we will progress to them writing it all by themselves.
NATURE JOURNAL (FRIDAYS)
On Friday we will normally read a chapter from the Wonderland of Nature book, get outside to explore and complete a page from the notebooking journal that goes with it. It really is a beautiful book with each chapter detailing an aspect of nature to study but is written in a way that draws you into a story about Nuri and her son, Chris and daughter, Tess exploring and learning about nature together. It contains lots of facts and diagrams but introduces it in a gentle manner. Very easy to understand for young children. (Recommended by Charlotte Mason followers)
Other times we might take a photo of an insect the kids have found print it out and put in their journal.
BEFORE FIVE IN A ROW
Some weeks we will stray from this plan and just focussing on rowing a book from our Before Five in a Row manual but that is for another post. 😊
AMBLESIDE ONLINE/CHARLOTTE MASON BOOKS
I neglected to mention I also read some of the books/poetry recommended by Ambleside Online Year 1 while the kids are completing their work. I might also cover this in another post as this one is getting long. 😳
Next up we will talk about the curriculum we use for our Kindy boy.
6 thoughts on “Curriculum 2015 (Part 1 of 3) – Circle Time & Group Learning”
Hi Gail I just read your post in my inbox forgetting it was your blog and it all looked so very professional. What a great curriculum – your kids will have a great start if you get through nothing but circle time for the day!
Thanks Ang! That means a lot! As you know some days/weeks don’t go according to plan but when it does this is our structure! ☺️
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Wow this looks great. I’m going to have to borrow lots of your ideas ;P
Great Joy! Glad it’s a help! 😄