Circle Time

Circle time is a brilliant tool used in the classroom to encourage all children to clearly articulate their perspective and views on important issues. No names are used and the focus is on a relevant issue that the children may be experiencing at the time. Circle time often begins with a sentence starter and it is a great way for children to learn from each other. For instance, “When I can’t find my friend I usually…” The children then take turns around the circle to finish the sentence. An object is passed around to signify whose turn it is to respond. Every child may pass if they have nothing to add. The children really enjoy this process and it has a sacred feel about it as the children develop a feeling of respect towards each other. The children’s honesty and openness is held reverent by all and provides extensive learning opportunities for all of us.