Making the Most of Circle Time

Traffic patterns
• How much time do you have?
• attention spans vary widely within each center
• “specials”
• What is your class composition?
• learning styles
• prior knowledge
• What does your center want you to include?
• calendar
• books
• new concepts
• activity
• loud
• movement
• novelty
• predictability
• reflection
• quiet
• stillness
• repetition
• spontaneity
knowing about learning styles
being prepared
filling our “pockets”
Preschool planning takes just as much, if not more, planning than
the primary grades. How much time are you putting into
• Visual learners- thinks in pictures, learns best from visual
displays. Older children prefer to take detailed notes that they
often visualize later.
• Auditory Learners- learns by talking things through, listens for
subtleties in voice.
• Tactile/ Kinesthetic Learners- leans best through a hands on
approach, cannot sit still for long.
Now what?
• Pictures, Pictures, Pictures!
• Have them illustrate.
• Write as you talk.
Use different colored highlighters.
Use picture icons to separate information.
Give assignments that allow for illustrations.
Use videos and other visuals (pictures, charts, maps, graphs,
artifacts) to enliven the material.
• Manipulatives!
Explain, explain, explain!
How is your inflection?
Songs La la la!
Read text aloud.
Songs- amped up!
Verbal presentations.
• Circle time stillness?
• Rotate!
• Hands-on please.
Frequently allowing them to move!!!
Chew gum?
Stand up for knowledge.
Don’t forget the hands-on.
A necessary evil
• How many times the children get up.
• How many times you need to redirect questions.
• How easily can the children retell you what they have done or
learned later in the day.
• How many times you need to regain volume control of the
And I don’t mean in our jeans!

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