|Reiko reads to the children while I snap pictures of our circle time.|
In the toddler room circle has a little more structure than the infant room but less than a preschool room. In our classroom in particular we have circle once a day. It is typically either before lunch or after afternoon snack. The timing depends on the needs of the children and when they are ready for a circle time. Our circle often consists of reading a book or two, chosen by the children, and singing two or three songs. We may spend a little time conversing together if the children choose to. It's also up to the children whether or not they want to participate in circle. It's a voluntary activity and the children often roam the room if they are not interested in what we are doing.
|Reiko signs with the book (a baby sign language book).|
|Noticing me, LC and Reiko look up to the camera.|
|QM, who had been roaming, joins momentarily.|
Keeping expectations for the circle low (I always aim for at least one song and one book and if interest remains I continue until it wanes), focusing on increasing community and literacy, and following the children's lead during circle time (I respond to any requests they have for books or songs) helps our circle time to be successful, engaging, and tailored to the needs of the children. It's a wonderful way to come together and increase literacy in our classroom that the children and I look forward to each day.