The Good Sheppard Homeschool: Circle Time

Good Sheppard Homeschool

Naomi turned 4 this past May and I was thrilled. This meant that in September of this year, I could begin “homeschooling” her, or rather, preschooling her. I was so excited. This had been my objective since before I met Michael. Finally, I was able to start the grand adventure of homeschooling my children.

Based on our beginning understanding of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy on education, I knew that preschool for us wouldn’t involve a lot of worksheets or readers, but rather a gentle routine that would allow us to grow and develop a passion and love of learning together. I did some research into what a Charlotte Mason preschool should look like, and created a general routine for our days, and I would love to share that routine with you in this new series.

Our homeschooling begins first thing in the morning, before we even get up.  Naomi usually comes into my bed after Michael leaves for work in the morning.  We cosleep with Jude, and she usually snuggles in beside me and we sleep for an hour or so longer after he leaves.  Once we do wake, it’s a wonderful snuggle and cuddle, and we discuss what the day holds — appointments, errands, visits, etcetera.

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The first thing we do in the morning is say our morning prayers.  I have a list of prayers I wanted Naomi to learn this year, although I think it will likely be fewer this year than I expected.  We began with the Hail Mary, as Naomi has a deep love for the Blessed Mother, and after she had that one pretty well mastered, we moved on to the Our Father.After we’ve receited our prayer, we discuss what else we should pray for — a special request, something we are grateful for, a sin we need to confess, etc.  We then pray together, my special girl and I.

After that, we read a story from our 365 Read-Aloud Bedtime Bible Stories book.  Because we only read these on school days, we are not getting through it as quickly as we might like, but to be honest, that’s okay.  I enjoy that this book gives a very basic version of the story, which allows me to elaborate, explain and discuss it in further depth as I see fit for Naomi to understand.  It also gives me the opportunity to bring in other resources, such as episodes of Adventures in Odyssey, as I did with the story of Esau and Jacob.  By the time this is over, we have discussed some very important topics in a fun, loving environment and we are ready to begin our day.  So we get up, make our beds, go get dressed and brush our teeth, and are ready to go downstairs to get the house straightened up and breakfast ready.

How do you begin your homeschool mornings?  I’d love to hear about it — share in the comments below!

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