Morning Time As Happy Time | 2017-2018 School Year Plans – Simply Convivial

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What is happiness, really? That’s actually a deep philosophical question expounded upon by great minds for millennia. Too often, we think happiness is doing what we want, having no laundry to fold, or eating chocolate. And our kids think happiness is sleeping in, playing computer games, and having no chores. Guess what? We’re both wrong. If that’s your idea of happiness, make sure your goal is not to keep your kids happy. Then again, we can’t say happiness doesn’t matter. … Read More

Morning Time Mottos for Moms & Kids – Simply Convivial

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We recite mottos during our Morning Time. I think the first place I encountered the idea was when listening to ACCS teacher training audio (back before there were CiRCE conferences or podcasts). The elementary classes of Logos School, at least back in the old days, had mottos they recited daily that then the teacher could call to mind when they were relevant. As a family, we already had a few little sayings – ways to keep a frequent command familiar, … Read More

Memory Work for Summer Term 2016

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A new year, a new term means new memory work content. Each term we change out our new material to repeat daily for six weeks, whether we have it all word-for-word at 4 weeks or not yet by the end of six weeks. To me, it’s less about word-perfect memorization (which is, let’s face it, fleeting) and more about daily exposure and repetition. Exposure breeds taste. So daily we return to hymns, to Scripture, to poetry, to poetry in Scripture, … Read More

Morning Time Plans | 2016-2017 School Year Planning – Simply Convivial

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Time for planning another school year! And we all know planning is the best part. Eventually we have to get down to business and work the plan, but this is the time of year we get to dream and imagine a school day where no one argues, where everyone starts their letters from the top, and where naps are regular. Ha. OK, so, then we have to come back to reality and recognize that our plans are only going to … Read More

Our Homeschool Morning Time for 2015-2016 – Simply Convivial

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When I start planning for our next school year – any part of it – I start off with a “brain dump” of sorts and construct the ideal morning that includes everything that sounds lovely and engaging. Then I start crossing things off. “Will this actually happen in our house?” No. “Is this really worth the preparation and enthusiasm effort it would require of me daily?” No, if I put my energy there, realistically it is only taking it from … Read More

Help for Planning Your Circle Time – Simply Convivial

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As I was putting together all those Circle Time (or Morning Time) resources, I was also receiving questions about our memory work binders. It sounds like many of you are thinking through how to organize your own Circle Time binders for next year. Rather than type out an update on our binders, I thought it’d be easier to record a video tour of our binders and how they work. So here you go! Now, just last week I was planning … Read More

The How & Why of Our Classical Morning Time – Simply Convivial

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If you want to see a real-life recording of Morning Time (aka Circle Time) at our house from last month, hop on over to Allison Burr’s new site: Truth * Beauty * Goodness. The full announcement is at the end of this post, but I don’t want you to miss this! Morning Time, or Circle Time at our house, is the very heart of our homeschool practices. Every morning we come together and recite beautiful words and beautiful truths together, … Read More

Hymns & Psalms for Singing Index – Simply Convivial

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For my own reference, and in case others are looking for ideas to populate their Circle Time, here is our list of hymns and Psalms we’ve learned so far, after beginning in 2008. PH stands for Psalter Hymnal, our church’s hymnal; CC stands for Cantus Christi, the hymnal of the CRE, whose Genevan settings of the Psalms we love. The primary goal I have for our Circle Time singing, and therefore how I choose what we’ll learn, is that the … Read More

Motto Index – Simply Convivial

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Memorized mottos give us a quick “way we respond to things” on the tip of our tongues. English Mottos Obey right away, all the way, with a good attitude every day. Do it right the first time, every time. Focus on your job & do it right. Leave it better than you found it. Voices: cheerful, polite, strong. Business before pleasure. Soldier Stance (1. Stand up straight; 2. Shoulders back; 3. Hands at sides; 4. Ready eyes; 5. Quick response) … Read More

Creeds & Catechism Memory Index – Simply Convivial

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Creeds Christian, what do you believe? Apostle’s Creed Nicene Creed Heidelberg Lord’s Day 1 (“What is your only comfort in life and in death?”) Catechisms Catechism for Young Children (“Who made you?” God.) selections from the Heidelberg (“What is your only comfort in life and in death?” That I am not my own…) selections from the Westminster Shorter (“What is the chief end of man?” To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.)

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