Autumn Term 2013 Circle Time Plans – Simply Convivial

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circle time memory work

These we sing and recite daily.

Hymn: All People That On Earth Do Dwell
Psalm: 100
Passage: Ephesians 4
Catechism: Heidelberg Q&A 52 & 53

What do you believe concerning the forgiveness of sins?

I believe that God, because of Christ‟s atonement, will never hold against me any of my sins nor my sinful nature which I need to struggle against all my life.


We do 2 per day, alternating even and odd days.

  • Proverbs 19:11: Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
  • Proverbs 21:25-26: The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor. All day long he craves and craves, but the righteous gives and does not hold back.
  • Proverbs 19:5: A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape.
  • Proverbs 26:20: For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.



These are daily, although they are what we skip if we are pressed for time.

Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel / And shining morning face, creeping like snail / Unwillingly to school.

Our Circle Time binders have more review material in them in the day-of-the-week and even/odd tabs, but this is the new stuff. I’ve gathered all the materials that have been in our binders on a Memory Work Resources page.

homeschool circle time

Circle time takes 45-60 minutes, with alternating singing and reciting (everyone has their own binder, so the readers are following along either in unison or alternate sentences or paragraphs). The 3-year-old sometimes pages through a picture book, sometimes sits on my lap, sometimes plays with trucks or duplos nearby, and oftentimes does all three over the course of the hour. But he loves to sit in my lap for the singing. The 5-year-old has her own memory work she repeats after me sprinkled throughout, but when it’s not her turn and when we aren’t singing, she sometimes colors, wanders to get a drink of water, or plays with a doll at the table. The baby is either in my lap or eating frozen blueberries in her chair. It is the older boys and myself who maintain the momentum, while the younger ones are absorbing most of it, but physically wander sometimes, and I don’t mind as long as they aren’t disruptive (when they are, they have to go to their room and miss the singing).

homeschool plans

The longer we do this (this is our sixth year!), the longer our time is (we started with 15-20 minutes when my oldest was 5), and the more we all enjoy starting the day with soaking ourselves in beautiful (much of it inspired & infallible) language.

4 Responses

  1. dawn
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    How long is this term?

    • Mystie Winckler
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      It is 6 weeks, but we’re already 3 weeks into it with 3 to go. It started in October, and I didn’t post anything except the 31 Days series in October. :) We’ll break Thanksgiving week and then have “Advent Term,” which is mostly break with enough work to keep us from going crazy.

      • dawn
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        Ah. That’s why I was confused, I couldn’t get 6 weeks starting now before Thanksgiving! We do Yuletide session starting the week after Thanksgiving. I need to get work planning! I think we might start one week later than usual because N-boy’s birthday is the day before we usually start.

  2. Missy
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    Thank you for linking to the catechism. It was on my list of things to look up. I was wondering if you are doing any new mottoes this term? This peek into your planning is so helpful to me.

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