If your family is like many, you don’t get to spend a lot of time together. Even lots of homeschool families don’t do a lot of work or group things together at home. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day, as I’ve gotten older. I’ve also had people ask me “What do you do with your youngest while you homeschool the oldest kids?” My best answer was something like “Find him his own age appropriate thing to do and hope he sticks to it for a bit.” Well, I was given a copy of the e-book Circle Time from Preschoolers and Peace to review, and it’s full of ideas and tips on getting your family to spend some extra time together!
Circle Time is a PDF format e-book, which of course you could also add to your Kindle, available for $4.99, and is 33 pages long. It’s written by Kendra Fletcher of Preschoolers and Peace It has some example pictures throughout, and the back of the book contains wonderful printables for you to utilize with your family.
While the book is short, there is lots of great information and ideas for you to include Circle Time in your day. These are the topics discussed:
- Planning a Circle Time that Works for You
- Strategies for a Peaceful Time Together
- How to Get Your Kids on Board
- Questions from Moms Like You
- Words of Wisdom from Other Moms
My ages of my children is a bit of a range, although not extreme at all. They are 12, 10, 8, and 4. However, last year Lucas really expressed an interest in “doing school” with the bigger kids, so I really needed to come up with things he could do while I worked with the older kids as needed. Circle Time, for us, is a great way for us to all work together and learn new things in a group setting and spend a little extra time “together.” As homeschoolers, we’re generally always together, but that doesn’t mean we’re spending all of our time together. Kendra, the author, is a mother of 8, so I’d say she’s quite the pro at Circle Time use! Judging by the title, you’d think that the book is written just for those with preschool-aged children, but that’s not the case at all. ALL of your children can participate in Circle Time, and you don’t even have to call it that if you don’t want to. Although, I’ve had a hard time trying to think up another name for Circle Time. Group Time, perhaps? I’ll continue to think on it. Kendra even includes a couple of Circle Time schedules as examples for you to pull from. I like this because I tend to be a visual learner. If you just tell me how to do something and I have to sit/stand there and listen, I’m going to zone out. Not because I don’t care, but because I just don’t work that way. The beauty of Circle Time is that you can do whatever you want, and take however much or little time that you want. We don’t have a kitchen table right now (it’s in storage because we don’t have room for one), but when we have more space I plan to incorporate Circle Time a lot more into our day. I just really love the idea of it and can’t wait!
I loved reading this book and all the ideas in it. Even if you’re not a homeschooler, you can have Circle Time in the evenings when you eat dinner as a family. I recommend it to all families, even if you do not homeschool. Be sure to click below and read reviews from other Crew Members!