Harvest Term Circle Time Plan – Simply Convivial

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New Circle Time Content

circle time memory work

These we sing and recite daily.

Hymn: All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
Psalm: 16
Passage: Ephesians 3
Catechism: Heidelberg Q&A 26 & 28

How does the knowledge of God’s creation and providence help us?

We can be patient when things go against us, thankful when things go well, and for the future we can have good confidence in our faithful God and Father that nothing will separate us from His love. All creatures are so completely in His hand that without His will they can neither move nor be moved.


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

  • Proverbs 10:9: Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
  • Proverbs 11:17: A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.
  • Proverbs 12:16: The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.
  • Proverbs 15:1: A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.


This term we are responding with the The Nicene Creed when asked, “Christian, what do you believe?”


For this year’s new mottos, I adapted some of the Harris’ 21 Rules of This House (my family had the original coloring-page materials when it was new in the ’90s).

2013-2014 school year plan

We do two mottos on Tuesday and two on Wednesday.

  • Leave it better than you found it. (review)
  • We do not create unnecessary work for others. (new)
  • Soldier Stance – “Look sharp!” (review)
  1. Stand up straight.
  2. Shoulders back.
  3. Hands at sides.
  4. Ready eyes.
  5. Quick response.
  • We keep our word. (new)


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

Teach us to bear the yoke in youth,
With steadfastness and careful truth;
That, in our time, Thy Grace may give
The Truth whereby the Nations live.

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.

In addition to this new content, we are also reviewing the following hymns:

And these passages

As well as portions of the Catechism for Young Children & Heidelberg

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).

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.

2 Responses

  1. Missy
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    I finally decided to put together a circle time notebook following much of your advice. It has been so helpful. Thank you also for the suggestions for mottos and proverbs. My boys loved being able to use the word “stupid” in the Proverb from last term. I want to work on hymns next but I truly can’t carry a tune by myself. I guess I should make use of the cd’s I have. That Heidelberg catechism question is great. Are you going through it in order or just choosing questions that seem best to you?

    • Mystie Winckler
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      I’m glad my posts have been useful. :) I have to use CDs when we sing, because i can’t carry a tune, either.

      For the last 2 years we’ve learned a selection of 9 Heidelberg Q&A that our consistory recommended for memorization. This year I picked 6 more new ones, but just ones that seemed best for memorizing to me. I hadn’t really considered that we might memorize the entire Heidelberg, though I think we’ll go through it in order devotionally starting next year.

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