Keeping circle time fresh and engaging can be a challenge. Here we've pulled together three different circle time ideas to add a bit of variety.
Circle time is one of those things found in most nursery or preschool rooms worldwide. It's a great way to engage the children in some focussed time, and makes the practicalities of the day easier by releasing some colleagues to prepare the room for an activity or meal. However, keeping circle time fresh and engaging can be a challenge. Here we've pulled together three different circle time ideas to add a bit of variety.
Introducing children to the concept of a calendar, and important dates is good for their mathematics development, and their understanding of the world. You could simply draw a calendar for the next 2 - 4 weeks on your circle time whiteboard. Another nice option is to get a personalised calendar printed with photos of your setting at different times of year.
Once you have a calendar to use, there are various circle time activities to try, and questions to ask the children;
Encouraging children to play an active role in their setting is important. Come up with a short list of daily jobs or tasks for which children can take responsibility. Some options might include;
Circle time is the perfect opportunity to choose which children will be responsible for each job today. Add images representing each of the tasks to your circle time board, and once you appoint a child, ask them to put their name or photo next to the task image. Giving children the opportunity to select their name or photo from a group is a great development opportunity as well.
What better way to enhance children's understanding of the world in the broadest sense than by sharing circle time with children elsewhere in the world? By joining the thatnurserylife.com digital pen-pals community, your setting can be paired with one in another country. Using a laptop and webcam, or tablet, you and your digital pen-pals can have circle time together. This is a fantastic opportunity for children to hear stories and learn songs from a different community. Get in touch with us today to learn more.