Circle time is next on the planning agenda. I’ve missed starting the day off together each morning and am looking forward to beginning our day with circle time again once we start our homeschooling programme.
We’ve used a lot of wonderful resources already. Here is our list of materials we have already worked through, plus the ones we will continue on with or start fresh this year. I have been very happy with those we have used so far and expect the new ones to be just as good as they are all based on the highest recommendations of homeschooling friends with similar philosophies to mine.
Click on these titles to see my reviews from previous posts and where to get them.
- The Lamb
- Big Truths For Little Kids
- Training Hearts, Teaching Minds
- Our 24 Family Ways
- A child’s Book of Character Building
- Children Arise CD’s
- Help Me Be Good Series
- The Way of The Master For Kids
- Character First programme
- Building On The Rock Series by Joel Beeke (These 5 books of short stories contain a very strong gospel and biblical message. Stories of great faith, conversions, answers to prayer and miraculous happenings will help you to explain the great truths of the Christian faith, challenge you and your children in their own Christian walk and inspire you to serve God with renewed vigour.)
- The Brother Offended check-list; Chart and workbook. (These materials will help you to teach siblings how to deal with conflict situations in a biblical way and the chart will act as a reference point that you can refer them back to in times of conflict.)
- Go To The Ant Check-list (Another great chart to work through with children and then put on display as a reference. In the publisher’s words: “Use the Go To The Ant Chart to help your children examine themselves and replace laziness with habits of godly diligence.”
- The Answers Book For Kids Volume 1 to 4 by Ken Ham (Answering tricky questions about God and this world in a way that children can understand, yet without oversimplification.)
- Parables from Nature by Mrs Alfred Gatty. (Great literature; Fictional stories that illustrate character qualities and Godly principles using nature as the setting. Very rich language of excellent quality but may be a little difficult for the very young to fully grasp.)
- 365 Manners Kids Should Know by Sheryl Eberly (More to be used to read yourself and springboard ideas off – not so much to read aloud to the children. Contains explanations of what manners to teach, how to teach them and when to teach them. Not perfect for me for circle time as I prefer materials I can just pick up and read directly from then discuss what we have read with the children.)
- Leading Little Ones To God by Marian M. Schoolland