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    2011-2012 Term 2 Circle Time Plans

    January 6, 2012 by Brandy Vencel

    I almost didn’t get these done, what with the vomiting and all. Ahem. Anyhow, they are done, and now they are here…to share with you.

    I didn’t add much or change much around. Circle Time this term will follow essentially the same rhythm as Term 1, with artist study on Wednesdays, for example.

    Of course, I am supposed to call and sign my preschoolers up for swimming lessons beginning next week, which will surely throw a wrench in all of this!

    Anyhow, I usually type out each and every Bible story, but I decided not to do this each time. I’m pretty confident I can find a starting and stopping place easily enough. I added in a New Testament reading because I was horrified to discover that, in assigning New Testament readings for my oldest to read on his own, I was failing to ever read the New Testament to my other children!

    We’ve been reading pretty straight through the Old Testament for a few years now. {I only read the stories, while skipping laws and long lists of names.} We are ready to begin Ruth when we start back up. We’ll start our New Testament reading in Matthew and read straight through that book as well. And, of course, we’ll keep up our daily practice of one Psalm and one Proverb.

    I switched a couple books out. Last term, we were reading I Wonder Why Trees Have Leaves and selections from The Book of Virtues. We finished the former, and I was ready to move on from the latter.

    Circle Time Weekly Schedule 2011-2012 Term 2





    • My Shadow
    • Crossing the Bar {This is the first time E. picked his own poem–he was allowed to choose from all the Tennyson poems he read last term. He says, “I just love this poem! It is sad and sweet at the same time.”}

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  • Reply tikvah73 January 9, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Oops, I should have read the other comments first :).

  • Reply tikvah73 January 9, 2012 at 3:12 am

    How long does your circle time usually last?

  • Reply ...they call me mommy... January 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Thank you, Brandy! I’m due in 3 days so the baby BETTER be thinking about coming out soon! πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait to read your circle time posts & I’m going to give the strike through code a try here! Thanks, again!

  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts January 8, 2012 at 2:51 am

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! πŸ™‚ I hope your baby comes out soon, if that is what is supposed to be happening. πŸ˜‰

    To answer your questions…

    1. I begin Circle Time during breakfast as it is the only time of the day that my 3yo can handle this sort of activity. It takes an average of 45 minutes. If you read all of the Circle Time posts, there are a lot of details shared along the way. We used to do CT mid-morning, when my youngest was napping. Once he dropped his morning naps (about a year ago now), we had to move to breakfast time.

    2. The gadget at the bottom is just a normal html gadget that I customize using code from Amazon and basic html tags. {In other words, it is not as fancy as it looks! He he…} Crossing it off is done using the strikethrough tag.

    3. No worries on your spelling…I knew what you meant. πŸ™‚

  • Reply ...they call me mommy... January 8, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Sooo many spelling errors in my previous post. SORRY. *blush* I type too fast!

  • Reply ...they call me mommy... January 8, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Love this! When do you do this and how much time does it take! πŸ™‚ Also how do you get that list of books at the bottom of your blog that you are able to “cross off”? Since you use blogger, I’m assuming it’s a gadget of some sort? I love that idea and hope to use it for me too read list! Love you Annual Review post!! I hope to do a post similar soon if I could just get my thoughts together! πŸ™‚ Too impatient for this baby to come OUT! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts January 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I really think that the hard parts of Excel have more to do with when you need it to do math, and so you are working with equations and such. But if you can learn some of the very basic functions–how to type, how to choose/change your borders and fonts, how to insert an image–you can basically do what I did. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Amanda January 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Thanks, Brandy! I’ve been a little intimidated by Excel, but I might have to figure it out. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts January 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Amanda!

    I actually use Excel. I had sent my plans (in Word) to a friend one time when we were working together. She typed everything into a spreadsheet and emailed it back to me and the formatting was *so* much easier to tweak that I have done it that way ever since. It doesn’t look like this is what I’m doing because I’m careful with the way I use the borders. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Amanda January 7, 2012 at 7:10 am

    I love how your plans are always so pretty. πŸ™‚ I cannot seem to get Microsoft Word to cooperate with me these days. Do you use something else?

  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts January 7, 2012 at 3:55 am

    It’s not stealing when it is free for the taking. πŸ™‚ Be my guest…

  • Reply sara January 7, 2012 at 3:30 am

    I love the way you broke this down. I may have to steal it.

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