Today I am excited to have Sara from Classically Homeschooling guest posting as a continuation of our Scholé Everyday series. She shares how she has incorporated group time as way to facilitate restful learning.
Our group time begins while the children are making and eating sandwiches. This does provide the normal level of chaos a large family creates. Children are passing peanut butter and jelly back and forth, bickering good naturedly about who gets the heel of the loaf, and exchanging bad jokes. I start by reading Bible stories. The older children know the stories, but my preschoolers don't. Everyone is relatively quiet for the reading as they're busy eating. Nothing like food to keep comedians quiet for a few minutes!
As the children finish eating, the art supplies are pulled out. All the children from 3yo to 17yo prefer to listen with busy hands. It's a wonderful time to paint, play with modeling clay, or color.
This year we're trying group grammar studies using Harvey's Grammar. It's a good review for my teenagers and is providing an excellent contrast to the Rod and Staff English series we've used for the last several years. I'm alternating grammar with Latin studies, so Mondays and Wednesdays we do grammar. Latin is studied on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We begin Latin by reciting our memory sheets before moving on to the lesson. My thought was to simply cover the lesson and send the children away to do worksheets later. Worksheets are not getting done, so we're switching over to doing the worksheets together.
Group Time Pros:
- Lunch is a natural gathering and break time for my family. Group time at lunch doesn't get skipped, while morning time has never worked for us.
- The subjects planned for group time are happening! We're working our way through the Bible Stories, grammar, and Latin.
- It leads naturally into discussion time on Fridays.
- Quiet Time is easier to start as the children are already gathered.
- We enjoy the time together.
Group Time Cons:
- I have to be organized and have everything on hand, or we waste valuable time as I search the house for materials.
- My lunch is postponed until after group time as I am reading. It's hard to read and eat at the same time!