New Circle Time Content
These we sing and recite daily.
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.
- Odd days: The Apostle’s Creed
- Even days: Lord’s Day 1
These are daily, although they are what we skip if we are pressed for time.
- Hans: The Land of Counterpane by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Jaeger: Marching Song by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Ilse: Whole Duty of Children by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Myself: All the World’s a Stage by William Shakespeare
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.
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).