Circle time is an essential part of the daily routine, it teaches patience and helps them interact in a group setting. A positive circle time gives a child self esteem and confidence being able to express themselves around others encouraging social, emotional, physical, and academic growth.
During circle time social activities like singing, dance, and role play are done; these help improve listening skills as well as problem solving. Circle time is good to go over classroom rules and routines.
Through different games and finger plays a child can enhance his eye hand eye coordination; refining his fine motor skills also his gross motor skills through games, dancing music and movement.
Concepts like the calendar, cultural themes and individual news items are taught during circle time.
The teacher should be organized and prepared. The children must find it interesting and fun but at the same time keeping the class controlled.
The teacher should have available songs, games, finger plays, props, stories.
Circle time should be short so that the children won’t loose interest. It’s good to have two circle times during the day. It should be kept calm and quiet since sets the tone for the entire day. The children come in, greet the teacher and put on their slippers; they sit down and sing a greeting song. This is a good time for the teacher to recognize individual needs moving around the circle asking each child how they are feeling. At this time the teacher decides who needs additional support during the day. By the children seeing how the teacher interacts with care for each child, they themselves are encouraged to be more caring to their peers.
By focusing on sharing, children speak while others listen and respond questions or concerns of their own. Also on the first circle time the children do news presentations, learning the calendar, quiet songs, finger plays, and attendance. The last activity should be a song that brings children together and shows a new beginning.
The children come together for second circle time through a song or a poem. This is a good time for music and movement, snack time, story time, games and songs that reflect curricular themes and their own favorites. Concentrating on what makes each day special to the group so that they can relate to it and know that each day has a meaning; Increasing the children’s involvement and self-esteem.
Second circle time reflects on what they have accomplished and learned; expanding on ideas and understanding.
If second circle time is at the end of the day it is good to look forwards the next day where the children listen to each other and plan activities for the next day. The teacher should write these ideas so that they know how important these ideas are.
At this time the children put on their shoes and coats; they sing a closing song and are reminded of the special group and how everyone is looking forwards to seeing each other the next day. They leave feeling support and dependability from their own community.