What is Circle Time?

Circle time

Circle time provides children time for listening, developing attention span, promoting oral communication, learning new concepts and skills.

It is a time for thinking, reasoning, learning to wait for your turn, sensorial experiences, socialising, and having fun.

Circle time can be a complex as it is interconnected with other´s in the group. It is an interaction with adults, children, and resources used or will be used.

It is a time where educators should make group time interesting, effective and enjoyable for all.

Circle time gives educator time to observe the development of a child.

Circle time is connected with group work and is very therapeutic for all.

Circle time has be be structured and well preplanned in order to have the full benefit of it. There are many reasons to have circle time. Many early years settings have two or three circle times during the day.

In order to have a quality circle time the early years practitioners need to have a clear structure. Just like workshops or planned activities, you must prepare for circle time:

  • Think of a theme you would like to talk about, it may or may not be the week's theme.

  • Identify which method you will use to introduce the theme, the trigger for the discussion.

  • Make a list of several open questions you can ask to encourage discussion.

  • Leave empty spaces on your written plan and use them to note the details of your discussion. This will help you use children´s ideas in your daily activities and refresh their memory next time you discuss the same subject.

See what our participants said regarding the workshops: Circle time activities and songs for bilingual education

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" We would recommend it to our collegues and other early years practioners"