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    2011-2012 Term 1 Circle Time Plans…and More!

    August 6, 2011 by Brandy Vencel

    I‘ve mentioned before, but I think it is worth repeating, that Circle Time is not required by Ambleside. It is simply a means I use to accomplishing Ambleside. Personally, I think that whoever thought it up in the first place is a genius.

    It is in Circle Time that I put anything and everything that can be done in a group. For us, that means most of our Scripture reading, artist studies, read alouds, manners lessons, and so on a so forth, ad nauseam. When my children are all Big Kids, I’ll likely even throw Plutarch and grammar into the mix, just for fun.

    Circle Time is, first and foremost, how I make sure that all the little–yet highly important–things don’t fall through the cracks in the sieve that is my brain. I start each year with the best of intentions, but in living life day to day, I find that having planned out Circle Time in advance means that we don’t miss out on the rich possibilities of our family education.

    Even when Mommy catches her tenth cold of the year.


    Here are my Circle Time plans for Term 1 of this year:

    Circle Time Weekly Schedule 2011-2012 Term 1

    And here are the resources I’m using in my plans:





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  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts August 8, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Hi Dana,

    That is almost the *exact* question I asked Cindy Rollins when I interviewed her last year! She basically said that they read it every day, and as time goes on she lets them fill in more and more blanks until they know it. {I have learned to start with the rhyming words, if there are any.} Charlotte Mason says something similar in her works, where she describes a mother reading a poem daily while her daughter plays with dolls, until the child can recite it perfectly. Cindy made me brave–before, that seemed too easy. But it works!


    Funny, hm? I didn’t realize I had done the whole Luther/Wesley thing until I double-checked authorship for the post.


    I just got the FB doc email. Thanks for including me!

    In case anyone is wondering: I *do* have my children reading the individual assigned poetry for Ambleside, but I have found that we all didn’t like poetry very much until we started memorizing it, no matter how much of it we read. I now think memorizing poetry is like magic if you want to acquire a taste for it. 🙂

  • Reply Amanda August 8, 2011 at 3:51 am

    Oops, I meant to tell you that I added your blog to a list on the FB group, hope that’s okay!

  • Reply Amanda August 8, 2011 at 3:50 am

    That is a BEA-U-TIFUL Circle Time doc, Brandy!! Fabulous planning… I may reconsider how we’re doing Bible and poetry. 🙂

  • Reply sara August 8, 2011 at 12:38 am

    I like seeing Luther and a Wesley side by side. 😉

    and I like your plans.

  • Reply Dana August 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! I was wondering how you do your memory work? Do you read just one every day til the get it and move on to the next or all of them every day? Do you just read aloud til everyone has it memorized too? Just curious how you implement the actual memorization?? Thanks!

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