Circle Time is a wonderful opportunity for anybody in a classroom (or even at home if homeschooling) to share important learning and bonding experiences with preschoolers. This is one of my favourite parts of our schedule. Children at that age (3-5) thrive with routines. When they know what to expect from the day they are definitely more open to learning (well, that's my own experience anyway). OK. Their attention spans are still quite short. So I make sure to keep circle time to no longer than 15 minutes. So what do we do? Well, I follow the same pattern everyday and I found that by doing so, children are more likely to participate.
At circle time, we all sit on the mat in the book corner. Some sit on the cushions I have provided. Others prefer to sit on the bench (yes, yes I know. I should have included a picture of the corner!!! I promise I will oblige soon. I am working on another post in which I give you all a little tour of our classroom). All the children attention will focus on the daily chart we use to talk about the season, the date and the weather. I don't use a season wheel, nor do I have a fancy wooden calendar. What I use is a simple green fabric board with 4 rows of plastic pockets, as shown below: