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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Circle Time is not just for little kids anymore! Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2013 #hsreviews #hsmommas #circletime

Pin It Now!   When I think of Circle Time the first thing that pops in my head is a bunch of 4 and 5 year olds sitting in a circle learning their colors and the days of the week and talking about the weather conditions. Well after my recent opportunity to review the e-book  Circle Time by Kendra Fletcher over at  Preschoolers and Peace.

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  Circle Time: Plan the BEST Part of Your Homeschool Day is a book every parent needs to have. Now that my boys are getting older, which means they are getting busier, I find myself feeling as if there is something missing. Reading Circle Time made me realize that this does not have to be the case. As a family with 3 busy teenagers, who are now driving and working real jobs I find myself longing for that quality family time more and more. Being a family that is split between homeschooling and public school, mornings were not the best choice for our Circle Time to be implemented so we tweaked it and we do our Circle Time in the evenings just after dinner when everyone seems to be home. We do our family Bible time and devotionals, as well as talk about how our days went and also look towards what tomorrow will bring. We may play a quick game or talk about the news. Everyday the conversations may be different but it all comes back to the main objective, sitting around as a family getting back to basics and finding that time to bond.

   Kendra who has kids from Infant to High School talks about the importance of being together as a family and making Circle Time the most important time of the day. Now you may be thinking Circle Time? You have got to be kidding, my teens will run and hide. Well I will be the first to admit mine did just that, so I took Kendra's advice and renamed our Circle Time something else that would not scare my boys into running for the hills. So what do we call this sacred family time you ask? We have called it THE Gathering, simply because it is achieved by us all gathering as one group in the hub of the house, our living room. My boys do not mind Gathering time and we have all gotten to the point where we just congregate to the living room after dinner before everyone takes off to their activities for the evening. We always begin with prayer even though we have prayed a blessing over our meal just moments before. This is important to us and we have implemented one of Kendra's suggestions by creating a prayer box, using a simple index card box we purchased at the $1 store and some index cards. We write who we are praying for on each card and we pass the box around and pick 3 each every evening, rotating them so that throughout the week we hopefully make it to everyone.

 Not only is this e-book full of valuable advice for keeping your family centered and focused  but it also includes some valuable resources offered such as, scripture and memory verses, hymns, academic lessons, and printables that are amazingly helpful in giving your Circle Time direction and give it momentum to keep the kids engaged no matter what their age and you get all of it for only $4.99 for the PDF e-book. You can also check out the Circle Time Pinterest Board that has been created to help keep ideas flowing for everyone's Circle Time, be sure to visit and follow their board. There is no right or wrong way to accomplish Circle Time, it truly is what you and your family make of it. My plan is to change it up each month to keep it fresh and keep the kids happy and content on continuing with The Gathering. As the school year begins in just over a month I see us incorporating some studies along with our prayer and sharing time that we are already doing. I did not want to overwhelm the boys or make them dread Circle Time, my goal is to incorporate one new thing each month until my vision for what I want this to be for our family is accomplished.
   
   Now what comes to mind when you hear the words Circle Time? Are you still envisioning Littles sitting on a brightly colored carpet? Or are you envisioning a time in your day where your whole family Gathers to Worship and Praise, Learn and Share and simply just BE! For the price of your coffee at your favorite Coffee shop you can achieve this for your family. Whether you call it Circle Time, or The Gathering or whatever else you may come up with, it will be worth whatever sacrifice you need to make for this to happen for your family. Whether you have toddlers or High Schoolers or everything in between it is never too late to start your very own Circle Time. So don't just sit there head over to Preschoolers and Peace and order your copy of Circle Time right now, do not waste another minute. If you still need some convincing click on the banner below and read the reviews from the rest of the crew, I am sure it won't take long to help make up your mind.
 




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