Fish is Fish
Our morning routine is to begin the day with SSR until all of the students in the homeschool co-op have arrived. If we have a morning special at 9:15 (Philosophy, Yoga, SWI/Script) that happens next. Then we come together and start our morning meeting with our morning verse and our affirmation and story for the virtue of the week. The affirmation is not long. Here's an example: "I have Determination. When something is important, I will keep going until I have finished. I will get the help I need to do what matters. I will stay on purpose."
The book we are using gives a thorough explanation of each virtue: what it is, why you should practice it, how you can practice it, and signs of success. In addition to reading part of this background information, I choose several picture books from my extensive collection and read one each day. The children then tell me where they see an example of the virtue in the story.
I don't think I've posted these book lists in a while, so here they are. We started back into the school year with Enthusiasm for the first week of 2018.
- McElligot's Pool
- The Old Woman Who Named Things
- The Duchess Bakes a Cake
- My Mama Had a Dancing Heart
Students were very taken with the title character in Cynthia Rylant's The Old Woman Who Named Things. They paid close attention, even noticing that she doesn't have a name herself in the story. I love it when I am reading to a group and they're so quiet you could hear a pin drop. I would really like to write to Cynthia Rylant to ask her if the old woman is inspired by someone she knows personally.
Our virtue for the week of January 8th was Faithfulness.
Our virtue for the week of January 15th was Flexibility.
And this week our virtue was Forgiveness.
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