Thursday, August 27

Circle Time

Circle Time is a basic way to get everyone together and begin the day in a happy way.

We just happen to have a circular rug in the living room right now that we sit around. Chase is in training for learning how to sit still for a few minutes and that takes place during circle time, with him on my lap. When he struggles against my arm loosely around his waist or fusses to get up, I quietly tell him, "no" and sit him back down.

The first thing we do is sing songs. The kids take turns choosing favorite fun songs and fingerplays then we sing a worship song or two. After worship, everyone holds hands (this is training for everyone to hold hands nicely!) and prays for the person next to them. I've taught them to thank God for something for that sibling and then offer a request on their behalf. I love hearing what they come up with. This morning Aiden prayed that Ella would "please learn how to read already". She's 3.

At this time, Chase is allowed to get off my lap and have free run. He usually sticks close by and rotates siblings laps or takes advantage of being the tallest one in the room and bops us all on the head with whatever is handy. We're learning gentleness too.

We have a weekly memory verse that we go over together a few times and also say the previous weeks memory verses so they stay fresh in our hearts. I laminated the memory verse cards and keep them in my big precious white binder.

The kids have been learning a simple catechism from this book, Studying God's Word. I love that it gives simple, clear answers to our faith. Each week is built upon the previous week. There are also activities to re-enforce the lesson. I bought ours off of CBD or half.com. CBD has sample pages to see, which was nice. If I recall, Book A was a little too simple for my kids ages.

Our history reading gets done in circle time too. Right now we're hearing the stories of the children of pioneers from different lands. All my kids love these stories.

So that's our circle time in a nutshell. I also recommend ordering some circle time books through your library and looking online for songs and fingerplays.

One of our kiddos struggles with being fearful and his current favorite circle time song is sung to the tune of "Baa, baa, black sheep".

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any fear?

No sir, no sir,
God is near

He always has me in His sight
He'll keep me till the morning light

Baa, baa, black sheep
have you any fear?

No sir, no sir,
God is near.

7 comments:

Mrs Spence said...

What a fantastic idea! Sounds like we might be including that in our home, rather than letting our little ones watch kid's cartoons in the morning!

Thank you for a wonderful idea.

Mrs Spence x

angie said...

We just started circle time yesterday so this is very helpful - do you have a separate time that you do devotions with your kids or is that in circle time?

Kristi_runwatch said...

Thank you for this little glimpse into how you do circle time - that's something I've wondered about. That studying God's Word curric looks interesting - have to check that out!

Beth said...

LOVE it! Thank you for sharing... and the song is just so sweet. :-)

Stephanie said...

This is very much how we've been doing circle time as well, except we read a Christian biography instead of our regular history reading at that time. I look forward to it every day!

Christi said...

I really like the format of your circle time - especially having the child pray for the one next to them. I'll definitely have to incorporate that!

Bethany said...

What a wonderful idea! I love reading your posts that let us look into your day :) Thank you!

I have a question though for moms with very young children. What would you recommend when your oldest is only 4 or 5 and have one or two younder than that? Do you just focus on the 4 or 5 year old and hope the younger ones learn something also? Do you have any recommendations for good educational read alouds for that age?

Blessings,
BEthany