Winter Term Circle Time Content – Simply Convivial

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Well, we’re past the half-way point of the school year! That’s hard to believe, but it’s been a strong year so far, and I think we should be able to keep it up. Here is what we’re doing this term in Circle Time.

New Circle Time Content

circle time memory work

These we sing and recite daily.

Hymn: I Waited for the Lord (Psalm 40)
Psalm: 20
Passage: Ephesians 5
Catechism: Heidelberg Q&A 3-8

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and give himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. – Ephesians 5:1-2


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

  • Proverbs 20:11: Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.
  • Proverbs 10:23: Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool, but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.
  • Proverbs 12:1: Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.
  • Proverbs 12:22: Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.


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.

  • Hand shake! Firm & cheerful; eyes on eyes. (review)
  • When we have work to do, we do it without complaining. (new)
  • Hustle to help out (review)
  • We consider one another’s interests ahead of our own. (new)


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

Hobgoblin, nor foul fiend,
Can daunt his spirit:
He knows, he at the end,
Shall life inherit.

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.

2 Responses

  1. Lisa
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    Can you elaborate on how you do the family mottos? I am intrigued by the 21 rules and I’m wondering how you implement them and how the focus on a few each week plays out. Thanks!

    • Mystie Winckler
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      The mottos are just printed on a page and in our binders. We repeat it together twice and that’s that. My hope then is that eventually they become the phrases that jump to our tongues or minds as needed. I feel like they are more of a bet on long odds than a quick-fix strategy. :)

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