Deconstructing Circle Times
What does circle time mean to you? Come and explore all the different possibilities that group time can offer. Learn how to incorporate science, math and dramatic play experiences, embrace emergent learning opportunities, transition ideas, and build resources.
The Reasons Why
What Does Circle/Group Time Mean to You?
How do we define what is a circle or group time?
What is your team’s philosophy around group times?
Areas of curriculum that your team typically covers at circle time are
Making Circle/Group Time Inclusive
Activities that promote peer-to-peer interaction
Incorporate activities that encourage the children’s participation
Looking at your group dynamic
Hands of opportunities
Inquiry based learning
The Seven Principle of Circle/Group Time
Songs and Finger Plays
Setting Group/Circle Time Up for Success
Is the area where you are having group times distracting or overwhelming?
Is a scheduled group time near a meal/nap time?
Would small groups be beneficial over larger ones?
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I have been an Early Childhood Educator for 24 years, having received my Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Douglas College. Since then, I have gained experience in a variety of areas within the field of Early Childhood Education: Director of a preschool, supervisor of after-school care as well as 3-5 and Infant Toddler programs and centre management. My primary focus has evolved to encompass team leadership, management training and program development. I have had articles published in provincial and national ECE journals on the topic of emergent curriculum and leadership. My goal as an Early Childhood Educator and facilitator is to support fellow educators and early years professionals in providing high-quality early learning experiences for children and families.
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