Ever wondered why the term Circle Time starts with a circle? That’s because circle means an arrangement where the points are all constructed around a common centre and at an equal distance. It also symbolizes a connection amongst all the points intact with each other and the centre. A Preschool is a school for children usually younger than those attending elementary school or kindergarten. Circle time in play-school may mean the centre to be symbolically the Facilitator making learners do an activity, a prayer, story narration, text talk and taking sharing of the students etc.
Circle Time is a group time dedicated fore mostly in the morning and afternoon before children leave for the day. Here, the children sit in a group and it is a technique to head start the day together and get prepared for the rest of it. It involves prayers, sometimes deep breathing, and attendance as well, along with other things mentioned above. It is a great time to get along with peers, enable interaction and socialize with them. Circle time is also an opportunity to appear before others and be acknowledged.
Long back, this circle time was not much of a thing done in Preschool or primary schools and has been a very fresh and positive approach from the time it has begun to be used. Teachers plan well for circle time where the centre is not the curriculum, neither the activities but the enthusiastic batch of kids. Circle time is something that not just is there in preschools but in Anganwadis, and next extends to the government as well as Private Elementary schools where in higher grades, it is referred to as CT period (CT denotes Circle Time /Class Teacher).
Circle time in preschools is an evidently harmonious time to bring every child together, enable them to have a mindfulness session, and prepare for the day. Circle Time is a teaching and learning strategy that offers all Early Years practitioners to make purposeful and wholesome learning time.
Why is it important?
Who likes to go to school and sit on the bench Directly?
No one is right and keeping in mind the young ones who don’t really know the school setup, they need a caring and enabling environment where they first adjust themselves with others and be comfortable in the space. Learners in the preschool come from diverse backgrounds and home environments. Each of them has diverse experiences and so, to make them reach on the same page, towards the same goal, circle time helps them efficiently. It gives them the time and space required to become more organized.
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They become better at retention and learning new things and their sense of self develops more when from the beginning itself, in preschool, they try to handle themselves and socialize better with friends and create time and space in their head and physically for themselves and others. Circle time helps in the Social, emotional, and Language development of the children involved as it gives time to develop and further nurture the skills of interactions, speaking, listening, Sharing feelings, Communication and collaboration. Hence, many of the 21st-century skills are tried to be catered to during Circle time by many preschools including Junior DPS where the teachers try to start the day by using many of the circle time activities with the kids. They thoroughly enjoy the circle time be it talking sessions, stories, and or hands-on activities.
What role does it play in the life of a pre-schooler?
The very first thing about circle time is that kids learn to sit, talk and present themselves in a larger circle of their peers. They get the opportunity to be themselves and express themselves in front of an audience. Also, it helps to initiate friendships, get to know each other more, and form close bonds. Further, when they do an activity or story/text talk in a larger circle, it gives them chance to present their viewpoints. Circle time gives them the opportunity to become mindful of the space and time and enjoy it the most.
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Hence, Circle time is a time for important social interactions among young children. It helps develop positive relationships between kids through engaging and fun activities. It is also used to address certain issues identified in the class such as too much noise and talking during class and teachers are also better able to express their expectations and classroom rules to all the kids in an engaging manner.