The tendency is to think that the main focus of circletime (or large group time) should be for giving instruction or for teaching. However, the real focus of circletime is to build a strong sense of community.
Circletime is used to do routine activities like the “helper of the day,” games, music, movement, and story telling but along the way, it is important to mindful of how circletime is helping everyone get to know each other and work together to have a great experience.
Here are some examples of what circletime looks like...
P is for Pizza!
While learning about the letter “P” we decided to explore with pizza! Pizza is an all-time favorite food for many preschoolers, and activities involving pizza
Should young children raise their hands?
To answer the question, “Should young children raise their hands?” the best place to start is by taking a look at what happens when they
How much time should you plan to spend in circle time?
At the beginning of every school year, I am often asked, “How much time should I plan to spend in circle time?” My quick answer
I cannot sit crisscross-applesauce with my hands in my lap
For the life of me, I cannot sit crisscross-applesauce with my hands in my lap. My legs were not designed to bend in sharp angles
Six crazy cool ways to explore with snow inside the classroom
The weather here has been all over the place from well below freezing to beautiful blankets of snow. I am not a fan of the
The invisible candy cane stripes
A fun story and activity to explore candy canes in preschool! I want to tell you about how Ms. Lauren introduced the children to their
What is the difference between interruptions and interactions?
When a preschooler speaks out during circletime, is that an interruption or an interaction? Stick with me on this post for the next few minutes and
Say goodbye to calendar time!
How you can be intentional using developmentally appropriate morning routines I know – calendar time is a tradition. It’s something you’ve probably always done. It’s something
Please pass the orange
With the winter days still around, it is nice to bring a little color into the classroom right now. This past week we have been exploring
It must be tummy time!
I want my group times to be all about building community and in my mind, building community is all about being close together, being engaged in the process, being aware of each other as needed, and making any necessary adjustments as we go along.
Ten little caterpillars in a jar
We read the book “Ten Little Caterpillars” by Bill Martin Jr. then enjoyed a little counting and patterning of our own ten little caterpillars!
Question of the day
Exploring the process of asking the “Question of the Day” in my preschool classroom!
What can you find in a people house? Exploring with Dr. Seuss
We read the Dr. Seuss book “In a People House” and then spent time exploring things you can find in a people house all around our preschool classroom.
Cotton ball clouds
We recently spent a few days exploring different types of weather. We also focused a great deal on raindrops and clouds. This simple activity that
J is for jump
We are introducing the letter Jj with this simple and fun jumping game!
Whooooo is missing?
Our children just love story book games! We read a story during circle time and then often follow it up with some sort of learning