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    Circle Time Plans 2013/14 Term 2

    January 9, 2014 by Brandy Vencel

    I’ve been hard at work planning our Circle Time, among other schoolish things. I used to try and plan for the latter part of the year during the two weeks we took off for Christmas. You know what happened then? I never felt present for the holidays. I was always thinking about whether I’d printed that off or remembered to put that on my list or what have you. So now? Now we take three weeks. This week, being the third week, is the week I am doing my planning.

    It works much better this way, and the holidays were wonderful, thankyouverymuch.

    So here are my CT plans:

    Some of my formatting didn’t come across this time, so if you’re wondering why some areas have lines and some don’t, well…I guess you can ask Scribd! Ha!

    Wait. I fixed it! As least, I think I fixed it.

    Before I share the resource list, you might have noticed that I’ve added some things. The first is spelling. I have never done CM-style spelling. If you are looking for that sort of thing, please do not use my resource list.

    {Shock: I am not a purist in this area!}

    I recently decided both of my girls are ready for some spelling instruction, so I’m using what I used with my oldest {because I loved it} during Circle Time. My oldest will likely enjoy the review as he is Strange About Words. My hope is that my five-year-old will magically pick up all sorts of things during this time.

    The second addition is grammar. We’ve been doing KISS for years and I like it, but I’m ready for a bit of a change. I bought a little white board that I have on a mini easel on the buffet in the dining room. We’ll basically use that to talk about sentences on grammar days. I’ll try and let you know how that works out. The other children will simply listen in.

    For Shakespeare, I’m not following AO’s rotation. I’m also doing the play in the much shorter period of time as we actually began Term 2 during DecemberTerm. I’ll link my schedule, but I doubt it’s usable for most of you.

    This resource list contains affiliate links.


    And that’s it! At least…I think that’s it. I’m usually forgetting something, which is a pain, but such is life, hm?
    If you’ve recently posted some CT plans, give me a link in the comments. I’d love to snoop check them out!

    This post is linked to the Circle Time roundup over at Fisher Academy.

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  • Reply amy in peru January 17, 2014 at 2:59 am

    okay. i’m finally just getting over here to read this. i’ll give you my link since you asked and i also posted a linky for everyone to share… so if any of your readers want to share their posts up over at my place as well, please y’all, feel free to pop over just for that. 🙂

    our *jovi’OVAL* time plans will be up very soon and my intro post AND LINKY is here.

    grammar is one of the new things we’ll be adding this term; much thanks to cindy’s mention of that.

  • Reply Anonymous January 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I so wanted to buy that Lady Jane Grey book for my girls, but it got vetoed in the pare-down-the-book-list request from dh. If you’d like to learn more about her, I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend Nine Day Queen by Faith Cook. (There is a fictional book by the same title, so beware!) This is a nonfiction book. The author was able to access Lady Jane’s own journal’s and books in her research and quotes from these many times. An amazing history book and a spiritually inspiring book.


    • Reply Brandy Vencel January 16, 2014 at 4:18 am

      Thank you for the book suggestion, Joy! I will put it on my list! I wish *I* could get a glimpse of Lady Jane’s journals. Now that would be something!

  • Reply dawn January 10, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    This looks wonderful, Brandy. I like how you arranged your different days. I tend to be an all every day person, and need to stop.

    I’ve been thinking about adding MadLibs into our Circle Time this year. Just something fun and light.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel January 10, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      MadLibs! I would have *loved* that as a child, Dawn! Great idea. 🙂

    • Reply dawn January 10, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      I thought it would be fun and we need to laugh more during CT. Also, I thought it would be an age-appropriate way to lead up to doing what Cindy’s doing with diagramming sentences during CT.

    • Reply Anonymous January 10, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      p.s. Madlibs ARE great! I used them a year ago for the same reasons Dawn mentioned: light and an early intro to grammar. The kids took a bit to remember the terms, but they did after a while. There are many free short ones online.


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