Once the other kids have gotten up and eaten breakfast, we gather together and have collection together. This has been a wonderful addition to our school day. When I call out "collection!" I often hear, "Oh good, I like collection!"
- The kids go check the temperature on the thermometer outside and write down the temperature in their student calendars.
- We sing songs (right now we're learning some American patriotic tunes).
- I give a presentation (history or science) or we read a book together
- We do an activity together (like Harold and his circulatory system). This week, for example, we've been doing various activities to learn about the brain.
- We do German together.
After collection is over the kids get started on their own work for the day math, spelling, handwriting, piano, and reading. Sometimes they go back and work things related to what we covered in collection that morning.