How to Accomplish it All

Can you hear me giggling? The uproarious laughing coming from California is me, because there is no way to accomplish it all. At least not today.

But in all seriousness, I received an email from from Michele asking how to squeeze in a Circle Time on top of everything else:

I have been following your Circle Time posts. Because it sounds like such a stress-free and enjoyable experience, I have tried to implement a Circle Time into our schedule. However, when I look at all the other things we need to accomplish, I just can't seem to find a block of time for it. You know----Bible time, school time for three school-aged children, piano practice for two children, read-aloud time, lunch, chore time, etc. I know you have posted your schedule before, but I was wondering if you could give some of us Preschoolers and Peace "followers" some advice on how you make the time for Circle Time while still accomplishing all the other activities of the day. Thanks!

Michele, before I answer your questions, know that I am not laughing at you. I'm laughing at me, for naming this post after some pie-in-the-sky, completely unreachable ideal for most days.

Circle Time actually became my personal answer for the question you posed of how to accomplish everything that needs to be done. Because everyone is all together, I can kill many birds with one stone. Currently during our Circle Time, we are studying the geography of the Holy Lands, grammar through the books of Ruth Heller, vocabulary by illustrating the word of the day, a new (to us) piece of art of the day, and memory work. We also pray together and Draw to Learn Proverbs.

That's a lot, isn't it? Our time together usually lasts 30-45 minutes. Before Circle Time we've accomplished basic morning stuff (brushing teeth, etc.) and breakfast. After Circle Time we do chores, then the kids start their math. And the rest of the day currently goes like this:

After math, the kids go outside and play-- sometimes the 13-year-old leads games and organizes an obstacle course, sometimes they ride bikes or play baseball. Then I read aloud while lunch is being made, and after we clean up lunch we have a quiet hour. The readers read off reading lists my husband and I have made (I'll write about those next time) and the little ones nap (except a very lively four-year-old who is currently finding napping a strain on her creativity).

After quiet hour everyone works on the remaining school work (Latin, Greek, handwriting, etc.) and then I teach either history (Mondays and Tuesdays) or science (Wednesdays and Thursdays). And with six weeks until my due date, I then collapse :) I've got another post about that coming up, too.

We school off and on throughout the day. It's what works for us, right now.