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    DecemberTerm 2013

    November 27, 2013 by Brandy Vencel
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    Like all well-laid plans, mine probably have some flaws, but here’s what we have in store for our three weeks of DecemberTerm.

    As you can see, I’m following our normal Circle Time format, but with Advent content.

    I may have planned too much reading, but we will see. We have lots and lots of Christmas books, but I’ll put the picture books I never miss {or are brand new for this year} in the list of resources. The other books might {or might not} be read throughout the day, but there are Priorities for Circle Time, as I’m sure you understand.

    During our memory work time, we will work on the new selections listed, but each day we’ll also review at least one Christmas song we’ve learned in past years. We love our daily caroling. I try to add one or two new songs each year, and sometimes the children pick up other new ones via Christmas CDs.

    This Circle Time rhythm really has become our daily liturgy. One of the unexpected benefits of that is that each set of plans is a little bit easier for me to invent. I’m just choosing content, not reinventing form.

    Steady form? That’s comforting, don’t you think?

    So…on to the resources list {and, yes, most of these are affiliate links}:


    Picture Study

    Messiah Study

    Memory Work
    Most Important Picture Books

    Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room
    by Nancy Guthrie

    This last resource {at right} doesn’t have anything to do with Circle Time, but we purchased this Advent devotional by Nancy Guthrie for our evening family time during Advent. Our church suggested it, and so we should all be reading the same thing, which is nice.

    Another Advent tradition we’ll be remembering this year is making ornaments. Every year I choose an ornament and we make around twenty of them. One goes on our tree, and the others go to family members. Some years our ornaments are a little more successful that others, but we always have fun.

    If any of you put your new Circle Time plans online, I’d love to see them, so be sure and give me a link in the comments!

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  • Reply Nicole Williams December 6, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    We are one week into our “Christmas Curriculum” and loving it.
    Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  • Reply Celeste December 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Loved reading about your plans, Brandy! As always, the selections and organization look great. We don’t do a formal Circle Time, but we do have some family learning sprinkled throughout our day that I tweak for Advent…I just posted our plans here: .

  • Reply dawn November 29, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Here’s my plan. Yours looks great!

  • Reply walking November 28, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I will be trying out the Handel study. We sang it every Christmas in college and I still have two scores. I still have the alto part memorized. LOL

    • Reply Brandy Vencel December 5, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      You SANG it? Oh my! I am green with envy. I have always wanted to sing in the Messiah!

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