Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Circle Time Ebook {Review}

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Meet Kendra Fletcher, wife, mom to eight, author, speaker, blogger and fellow member of the TOS Review Crew

Now somehow I have missed out on Kendra's wisdom at Preschoolers and Peace until now, but I am catching up on reading her blog, which focuses on homeschooling. Kendra has recently written an ebook entitled Circle Time: Plan the Best Part of Your Homeschool Dayand I had the privilege of reading it for this review.

You may be thinking, 'Um, Scarlett, you don't have preschoolers, so why in the world are you doing this review?' Good question, and one I asked before the review, as well. Even though Kendra's blog has "preschoolers" in the title and the ebook has "Circle Time" in the title, which reminds us all of Kindergarten, her focus goes way beyond the younger years. Her own children range in age from 5 to 20, so while circle time and preschoolers have been her focus for a number of years, her range also includes children the ages of my own children (and older).
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Here is the description from the website:

Circle Time is our fabulous, all-ages-are-welcome, group teaching time that allows us to pray together, laugh together, and get to the subjects we often run out of time for.
Plenty of insight, ideas, tips from other moms who use Circle Time in their homes, printable planning pages - are you excited, too? If you’ve been wondering how exactly you can fit Circle Time into your day, then you’ll love having Circle Time: Plan the Best Part of Your Homeschool Day! to guide you. It’s like having seasoned homeschooling moms walking right alongside of you. Pretty great!
  • 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 Who Do Circle Time
  • Resources, Activities, and Ideas
  • Printable Planner Sheets
This is a quick read, only 33 pages. Kendra encourages homeschool moms to think about our homeschool days and how they are scheduled. What subjects do our children need to work on independently and which ones can be done together? What goals do we have for each child? What memory work do we want to include this year? What about devotions and prayer time together as a family? And what about books we will read aloud together? She gives her schedules for Circle Time, both for the school year and for a lighter summer version. Kendra includes the materials she uses and how to be organized in order to stay on track with what she wants to accomplish during her Circle Time. There are printables included, as well.

What I thought of the ebook:

While I have never called our "together time" in our homeschooling "Circle Time," we have been incorporating some of Kendra's same ideas in our homeschool for years. We have Prayer and Worship Time, which I wrote about earlier this year. We also have Read Aloud time, which I have mentioned before is usually during lunchtime. I enjoy these times so much and believe they are crucial to staying connected as a family. I especially enjoyed seeing Kendra's memory work list and am planning to incorporate some of the items on the list in our homeschool this year. Here is her list:

I recommend Kendra's ebook to any homeschool mom, those just starting out or the ones, like me, who have been at it for awhile. It's always fun to read what other moms are doing and to learn or think about something new for our home. I appreciate Kendra sharing her experience and wisdom in this ebook and on her blog!

PDF format, Immediately downloadable  $4.99

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