The Morning Basket. Circle Time. Gathering Hour. Morning Time. Whatever you call it, the more casual, free-flowing approach to group subjects is a growing part of how homeschoolers teach younger children. Pulling children of varying ages close to read from a rotation of excellent books carefully selected to build a firm foundation can help any little one walk the path of individual development God has ordained for their days.
There is no set prescription for Circle Time, no one way that guarantees success. This is homeschooling, not baking. With this in mind, inside these pages you’ll find a set of guidelines—not just plans—that when combined with prayer will give you a vision for how this simple yet profound method of homeschooling can work for you. The number of children doesn’t matter. You could be schooling one, schooling three with a tagalong, or have five draped all over you the entire time.
This book presents five weeks worth of lessons for a group of elementary-aged children with a focus on seven main areas of study: Bible reading, Scripture memorization, hymn study, art appreciation, read-aloud stories, grammar, poetry, and math. The first four weeks introduce new material, while the fifth incorporates some new material while leaving room for review.
Do what you will with the suggestions, but have fun. Remember, this is the one and only now that you have with your children. They will never be these exact ages again, and you will never have these days back. Drink them in, and live them in a way that you will look back on with joy. This season is God’s gift to you.