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    January 25, 2019 by Brandy Vencel

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    We added something new to our morning Circle Time this week. It’s Our 24 Family Ways by Clay Clarkson. As I mentioned on Instagram, there are some things I taught directly to my older children that I felt like I had taught to my younger children, but really I was just expecting them to pick it up from the environment, and it sort of failed.

    So we’re doing this.

    I really like it, and if my children were younger I’d probably do it more closely to the way it is written. But my younger children are 10 and 12. There’s no way I’m spending a week on each way; there’s no way I’m spending twenty-four weeks on this total! (Actually it’d be more because we don’t do Circle Time five days per week.)

    Anyhow, I’m stripping it way down. We’re reading some of the Scripture passages and using some of the discussion questions, and I’m adding or replacing with discussion questions of my own as I think of them. I hope to finish it up in 6-8 weeks if I can.

    It’s good for homeschoolers to learn to use some things as guides more than scripted curriculum. I mean, this is basically scripted curriculum, but that doesn’t mean it has to be used that way. Something like this — well, it’s probably best, especially when you have older children, to just pick what you need and toss out the rest.

    The “family ways” are divided into categories:

    • Authorities (i.e. God, Bible, parents)
    • Relationships
    • Possessions
    • Work
    • Attitudes
    • Choices

    What I was really looking for was some help in manners, so while I’ll briefly touch on the first and last sections, those are areas we’re already strong in. It’s in the middle four that I think we could use some work, and so that’s where I’ll slow down, spend an extra day, and really make sure they’re getting it.

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    In case you missed it, there was a new AfterCast episode out yesterday. (You should subscribe in your podcast player, you know.) This was the season’s special conversation — I try to do one thing that is “special” in some way each season. I had Brittney McGann on again, who is someone you just can’t go wrong with. It was such a fun conversation and I think you’ll love it, too.

    AfterCast Episode 29: Charlotte Mason's Mother's Compass

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    This made me laugh:

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    This month in 2016:

    This is still how my binder is organized, but we do even less now than we did when this was written. These days we only do two things: one from daily, and one from one other category. I have it figured out where there is always one sung and one spoken.

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  • Reply Mama Rachael January 25, 2019 at 11:10 am

    how do your kids respond when you add something to circle time? I encounter fussing, crying, and declaring ‘I can’t do anything else!’. We spend about 15 to 20 minutes on “morning time” right now. But its true Little Man, age 7, fussed about adding “A Christmas Carol” and then enjoyed it. Of course, he fusses at changes in general. We are working on the flexibility in a lot of ways.

    I have loved watching the back-lash against Kondo’s book advice. She is obviously not a bibliophile. As Hubby suggested, its clear she is suggesting 30 books per sub-subject area (american history, world history, geometry, calculus, etc) per person, right? That is the only reasonable way to interpret her statement.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel January 28, 2019 at 5:01 pm

      My oldest two were the ones that weren’t flexible at those ages, so we don’t struggle with it very much anymore. With my second child, we often tease her about it and just tell her she’s not allowed to reject it yet. She has to wait until … chapter three or week three or whatever works before she gets to tell us what she thinks. And then she laughs and admits she never likes anything new at first. 😉

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