YMB #39 Building Relationships with Circle Time: A Conversation with Kendra Fletcher

One of the earliest books I purchased on homeschooling — way back when my oldest was only four-years-old — was Kendra Fletcher’s Circle Time: Plan the Best Part of Your Day. It was my first introduction to what I would later call Morning Time.

That inspiration is why I wanted to have Kendra on the show today to tell her Circle Time story. I think you will be inspired too.

Links and resources from today’s show:

Circle Time: Plan the Best Part of Your DayPinCircle Time: Plan the Best Part of Your DayLost and Found: Losing Religion, Finding GracePinLost and Found: Losing Religion, Finding GracePreschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling Older Kids With Success While Loving the Little Ones at Your FeetPinPreschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling Older Kids With Success While Loving the Little Ones at Your FeetWho Is God?PinWho Is God?Who Is My Neighbor?PinWho Is My Neighbor?Discovering Great ArtistsPinDiscovering Great ArtistsCharlotte's WebPinCharlotte’s WebSwallows and AmazonsPinSwallows and AmazonsChildren of the New ForestPinChildren of the New ForestOwls in the FamilyPinOwls in the FamilyThe Nine TailorsPinThe Nine TailorsPilgrim's ProgressPinPilgrim’s ProgressTreasure IslandPinTreasure IslandThe Mystery of History Volume 1The Mystery of History Volume 1The Mystery of History Volume 2PinThe Mystery of History Volume 2The Mystery of History Volume 3PinThe Mystery of History Volume 3The Mystery of History Volume 4PinThe Mystery of History Volume 4

 

Key Ideas about Building Relationships with Circle Time

Circle time started with finding a way for the whole family to learn together. It can be a short 15
minutes or an hour filled with lots of activities.

Use Morning Time as an opportunity to teach your kids things that you really love and enjoy.
What are some of the things that you want your kids to learn? Put those into your Morning Time

Be flexible and allow plans to change as needed for the season you are in. There is no failure in
Morning Time. It’s okay to revamp the entire if you realize something isn’t working.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [3:27] meet Kendra
  • [5:28] how Morning Time got started in Kendra’s home
  • [10:40] favorite activities
  • [14:32] Circle Time with an only child
  • [17:50] moms role in Morning Time
  • [20:21] favorite Circle Time memories
  • [23:21] biggest mistake
  • [29:28] planning Morning Time
  • [32:24] favorite read alouds
  • [37:45] best tips for mom starting Morning Time
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