(Unit 3) Topic 8: Building Community Through Circle Time
2 Clock Hours of Early Childhood Education
Guiding Circle Time
Topic 8 Page 10
Circle time must be guided by a teacher, volunteer, or helper. The lead teacher typically steps into this role, but that does not have to be the case. Whomever is guiding circle time must take care to be a positive member of the classroom community and use activities, rhymes, songs, movement and more to strengthen the bonds and community elements that are already in place.
At the beginning of the school year, or whenever a new student is enrolled in the classroom, the classroom expectations should be a part of every morning circle.
Have an assistant or another teacher with you and let that teacher quietly redirect the child in question.
Redirection accomplished silently is less distracting. As soon as the other teacher speaks or reprimands the child out loud all eyes and attention will follow their conversation and not you. It is amazing how a gentle touch or shake of the head can influence a child struggling to stay focused and engaged.
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