I also love the Charlotte Mason/Classical type of homeschooling. However, I am not organized to pull it off. I'm working on that too - I'm currently reading The Organized Homeschooler by Vicki Carunana. I want to implement hymn study, nature study, composers, folk song, art, etc. Adding all that in to an already full schedule with teaching three boys (and a toddler & infant as well) makes for really long days!
So all that to say, I think I'm going to try "circle time." I already try to teach the boys together for a lot of the subjects - just at their level. I've spent some time this afternoon doing some research. Here is what I have come up with for a plan**:
- Prayer - each taking a turn
- Talk about the day of the week, month, year, season & weather
- Hymn - learn one new one a week
- Folk Song - learn one a week (things like America the Beautiful & the like)
- Read Aloud - Regular books, Aseop Fables, Book of Virtue, etc.
- Learn a children's song & sign language to go with it
- Poetry- read & memorize one (weekly depending on length)
- AWANA verses
I'm aiming for this to take about 30 minutes at the most. Then the boys would go to their rooms to read/look at their Bibles (starting to work on a daily devotional time) for 10-15 minutes. This will give me a chance to do something specific with Miss H or change diapers or whatever needs to happen with her & Mr. H.
Then we will start on the rest of our day. I posted our schedule the other day but I saw something at Simply Charlotte Mason today that has me rethinking that as well. I may go to a four day week with Fridays reserved for things like nature study, music, art, etc. I'm also looking at starting a homeschool group locally that would meet twice a month on Fridays so this schedule may work better.
Still planning it all out.
**Ideas taken from these sites:
Classical Homeschooling Newsletter (scroll down to the bottom)