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    Shakespeare Fail, Circle Time Plans, and Other Thoughts…

    July 28, 2012 by Brandy Vencel

    Today is yet another planning day. I’ve been working on bits and pieces off and on throughout the week, but today I felt inspired to tackle Circle Time, so that’s what I did. If you recall, I usually have pages and pages of plans, dividing lessons not just per week but per day. This year, I’m going for a totally different approach. I am writing out the schedule in such a way that I will never get behind. I need it to be possible to always simply do the next thing.

    But first…

    Shakespeare Fail

    All year last year, I wanted to–planned to–do a Shakespeare night. It began to be put off when someone got sick, and then the holidays came, and then I didn’t feel good, and then we were busy, and then…well, you know how these things happen sometimes, right?

    This year? I still want to–plan to–have a Shakespeare night. I think it would be fun. I think we would love it. And I know just the friends to invite.

    But I’m also dividing up the play I always wanted to begin real Shakespeare with {A Comedy of Errors} into twelve weeks, and reading parts with my oldest during Circle Time.

    So did we do Shakespeare last year? Well, yes. Sort of. We did Nesbit, and also Lamb. And my son and I sat down and read different scenes from different plays for fun. But we didn’t get a chance to read a real play from beginning to end, so that’s what I intend to do this coming term.

    Ideally, we’ll celebrate the end of the term with a Shakespeare night, but we’ll see.

    Circle Time Plans

    Below is a pdf of my little chart. That’s right. It all fits on one little page. How awesome is that?

    Circle Time Weekly Schedule 2012-2013 Term 1


    As usual, here are the links to the resources necessary to complete my plans. I know some of you like to steal borrow my ideas, and I’m glad to make it easy for you.

    Other Comments

    As far as our Scripture reading goes, you can see that I try and read a little bit of everything, every single day. I try to make this our priority and cut other things on the days we are short on time. We have been reading through the Old Testament narrative history and poetry {basically skipping the Law and family trees} very slowly for a couple years now, so I’m simply picking up from our last reading. We read through Psalms, and when we reach the end, we begin again, so here I’m picking up where we left off, also. For Proverbs, I read the chapter that corresponds to the date. And, finally, for the New Testament, I am reading through the Synoptic Gospels {Matthew, Mark, and Luke}. For our Old Testament and New Testament selections, I do have the children narrate.
    Sometimes I preach when we get to Proverbs. It is hard to stop myself.
    For Scripture memorization, as well as for the readings, I always use the KJV, unless otherwise noted. This is my personal preference, not a law.
    If you want your Circle Time to be “more fun” you will include the folk songs. Little children adore them, and they seem to loosen Mom up a bit, too. Sometimes I need that first thing in the morning!

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  • Reply ...they call me mommy... July 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Love this peek at your Circle Time! I’m gearing up for my “going-out-for-coffee-with-myself-planning” date and hope to add your ideas to my pile to look through! THANK YOU!

    • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts July 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Enjoy your planning date! Those are such refreshing days and the perfect way to gear up for the year’s beginning.

  • Reply Anonymous July 29, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Oh, and one more question. Why Homer and not Renoir as AO is doing? Just curious!
    Julie in St. Louis

    • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts July 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      I have a habit of building my picture study plans based upon past years rather than current years because I usually draw up my plans and begin before the selections are announced. This year, it would have worked out okay, but I had already drawn up one child’s Course of Study form, so instead of changing it, I’ll just go back and do Renoir another year.

      I also have a preference of waiting to introduce Impressionists when my children are older as I consider their style to be a sign of the decline of the West. However, that didn’t actually factor into my plans for this year…

  • Reply Anonymous July 29, 2012 at 3:11 am

    About how long does Circle Time take? I, too, am planning right now for our first year with Circle Time, and wondering what kind of time I should allow.
    Julie in St. Louis

    • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts July 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Let’s see…when we first started, I only planned about 30 minutes. Now it is about an hour, but I make sure I alternate things to try and keep their minds fresh. Once or twice a year it will go about 1.5 hours because the story from A Golden Deeds is so long, but on those days I’ll dismiss the youngers if they wish.

  • Reply dawn July 29, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Looks great! I think “Singing Time” is by Rose Fyleman, not RLS.

    • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts July 29, 2012 at 1:51 am

      Thank you! That’s what I get for cutting and pasting without editing… 🙂

      I’ll change it. 🙂

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