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Easy and Effective Tips for Pre-K & Kindergarten Circle Time


Where would a Pre-K, TK, or Kindergarten classroom be without Circle Time? Circle Time is a staple in early childhood classrooms and it’s when our students learn really important listening and social skills. If we have a solid Circle Time routine in place, it is also a great time for children to get to know one another and to work on turn-taking and communication skills. But you may be asking yourself, “How do I make the most of Circle Time?” Today I am sharing my best tips for Pre-K and Kindergarten Circle Time to help you ensure it is effective AND fun!

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Check out my 3 top tips for making the most of Pre-K and Kindergarten Circle Time so we can ensure it is effective AND fun!

Easy and Effective Tips for Pre-K & Kindergarten Circle Time

Do you sometimes feel like you’re herding kittens at Circle Time instead of teaching social skills? Yes, days like that happen, and they can happen quite often if your Circle Time is too long. If you find you are constantly managing behaviors or having to repeat yourself, then the first thing to ask yourself is, “How long have we been here?”

I know how easy it is to go “overtime” on Circle Time. You’ve found a really fun activity to do during calendar and you can’t wait to share it with your kids! Everything seems to be going well, but then it seems to be taking a little longer than expected and before you know it, you find yourself redirecting your kids’ attention back to Circle Time and then a few challenging behaviors start to pop up.

Circle time may begin with gathering at the rug for Calendar or a fun pocket chart activity.

It’s really important to make sure that you don’t go “overboard” on Circle Time, otherwise, you will spend more time managing behaviors and less time on instruction.

Check out my top tips for making sure your kids (and you!) get the most out of Circle Time!

Tip #1 – Start slow

Building effective Circle Time routines take time and for our kids, being able to sit and stay engaged at Circle Time is a skill that requires building stamina and needs to be practiced.

How do we come to the rug? How do we share? Where do we sit? How do we wait our turn and listen while a friend is speaking? How do we go back to our seats or tables?

When practicing, each skill should be worked on individually.

Start slow when going over routines like waiting patiently when taking turns during pocket chart activities.

Tip #2 – Keep it short… and simple

When you are first starting out, you should aim to make Circle Time no more than 5-10 minutes (or less) at the beginning of the school year. Circle Time is a great way to start the day in our classrooms so you have to make the most of this wonderful time of the day.

Keeping Circle Time short in the beginning helps you feel as though you’ve started the day off in a positive, successful way!

Be mindful of the time. Pre-K and Kindergarten Circle Time should be short and simple.

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Tip #3 – Add a little movement

After your kids have built up their endurance to be engaged in Circle Time for longer, then you should aim for no more than 15 minutes – while adding some fun movement and songs to keep little bodies engaged!

Adding music and movement to your Circle Time helps keep your kids’ attention and creates a fun, positive experience.

Add music and movement to your Pre-K or Kindergarten Circle time to keep students engaged.

Circle Time is such an important and exciting part of early childhood education and I hope these tips help you to make the time even more meaningful, ENJOYABLE, and effective!

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These strategies and resources are easy to implement and can make a difference in your Circle Time right away. During this mini-course you will:

  • get the scoop on how to manage tricky behaviors
  • learn meaningful ways to engage your students through quality Circle Time
  • discover strategies to extend skills taught in Circle Time to last the entire school day
  • receive a certificate of completion for continuing education hours (2 hours!)

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