This creative book uses music, song, poetry and a host of practical activities to engage young children in Circle Time. It contains 26 practical themes based on the letters of the alphabet. Busy teachers will find the ideas and resources invaluable in helping them make their Circle Time sessions innovative and exciting. The benefits to the children participating in these sessions will be the development of: - self-esteem - relationships - communications - spiritual and moral development. There are links to Citizenship objectives and help with planning notes. This is an exciting and comprehensive resource that links Circle Time to the Early Years curriculum.

How to Develop Materials

How to develop materials

The following section is divided into further effective ideas to be brought to Circle Time sessions. It particularly looks at:

  • Problem solving boxes, encouraging children to play an active role as responsible citizens. It also encourages good relationships and respecting the similarities and differences between people
  • Making people feel special, by choosing selected children to be a ‘Superstar’ of the week
  • The use of calming techniques and smaller circles to encourage the solving of specific problems.

Problem Boxes

The use of problem boxes is a very effective tool within the classroom to enable the teacher and children to discuss problems with relationships, health and safety issues, individual worries and school worries. The Circle Time session can be engineered by the teacher to devise ...

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