This is the first of my (hopefully) monthly homeschooling records.
Since this is my first time writing about it, I should explain our Kindergarten routine. First, we have a Circle Time. This includes (but is not limited to):
* a welcoming song - Usually "Here we are Together" or "Come to the Circle"
* nursery rhymes - Everyone gets a turn to share one.
* a story - I tell the same one from memory every day for two weeks.
* a hymn - I choose a new one each week that seems thematically related.
After Circle Time, we take our quilt, the snack basket, and the baby for a walk around the block. At the halfway point, there is a beautiful patch of green grass where we stop to eat and play outdoor games. When we get back to the house, we do an open-ended art project (or sometimes cooking or another handcraft).
St. Michael and the Star Children - This is a story that I told the boys last year for Michaelmas. I remember how good it made me feel so see the story sink deep into their hearts and then come out in the play. Wanting to recapture that feeling, I shared the story again this year. For nursery rhymes, I chose Twinkle, Twinkle and The Leaves are Green. We sang "Onward Christian Soldiers" and "We Are All Enlisted". I used some "shooting stars" we made last year to teach the kids to throw and catch. They never did catch on to the catching. We also did a circle I found last year on the internet that uses rhymes and actions to tell the story of Michael fighting the dragon. Carl enjoyed it so much he memorized the whole thing and then re-enacted it with gusto many times. On the last day of the unit, we made dragon bread and I told a fun story go along with the mixing of ingredients.