Every morning I get up and get things going, then the kids get up and the craziness begins. Lots of playing, running, shouting, car and plane sounds, and just general bedlam. As homeschoolers there’s usually no big transition like waiting for a bus or driving to school, followed by putting your coats and back packsaway, greeting friends, and heading to your seats. My kids are just running around in their pajamas and then suddenly expected to be in school mode.
I know lots of people who have told me they just fit school things in whenever, but I’m pretty traditional in my approach. I like to have a time dedicated to school work. In order to make a transition from play to work I use circle time! Circle time is what I have found to be my greatest tool to get the ducks all in a row.
We begin each circle time in song, first the alphabet and then the circle time songs for the day provided by Mother Goose Time. After songs we discuss the date, day of the week, weather, and count…sometimes by 2,5,10… you get it. We then discuss the theme of the day another gift from Mother Goose Time! We then read a story, I try to match a book for the day to the theme, MGT provides book suggestions, but I cannot always find them at our library. Finally, for our closing we do an activity suggested by MGT, sometimes it’s a craft, game, or a reading activity.
Let’s take a closer look-
You can see how The Mother Goose Time teacher guide encouraged us to discuss the letter Z and sing the Zebra song, we read a book about giraffes this day because we didn’t have a zebra book, we then did the Zebra art activity and made stripes on the Zebra cut outs. The guide is so helpful and gives me new material every day without having to worry or frantically search for a new song, they even provide a cd each month!
Circle time is a great time for all of us to sit together and make a smooth transition into school mode, even if we are in our pjs! 😄
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