Our school day really gets down to business around 10am when we gather in the living room for Circle Time. For more information about how and why we have Circle Time, as well as what we’ve done with it in the past, click on the “Our Day” link under our photo.
This year we will be starting our 30 minutes together reading the poetry from Sonlight Core 3 and Core 100. We’ll spend two days per week with one core and two days with the other. The older children and I take turns reading this aloud.
Since we are beginning a two-year study of American History, we will be singing and memorizing History Songs. I tried to incorporate these when we went through Core 3 about 6 years ago (pre-Circle Time). Since I never had a scheduled time to work on them, they didn’t get done. Shocker! We’ll spend about 5 weeks on each song.
Finally we will be supporting our science studies with Lyrical Life Science: Ecology and Biomes. If you haven’t checked these out, google for some samples. They are a treat! My old copies were on cassette tapes. Now they’re ripped to the computer and MP3s on my phone. Quite a change in the last few years! We’ll study each song for about two weeks, but I’m sure we’ll be listening on many road trips!
In just 30 minutes our children, ages 2 through high school, will cover a variety of poetry, history and science. That's an efficient use of time!