Originally Posted by forkids
Pre-K teachers, I'm interested in what everyone does for morning circle time. I want to jazz mine up a bit
I'm all about jazzing things up
I actually have a workshop that I present on this topic. Some things I have done to spice things up are:
- we use actual pom-pom's and cheer things like the first letter of our leader's name and all sorts of other things- the kids get to hold the pom-pom's- the leader picks one friend to hold the second one.
Add lots of music
- we have a daily good morning song, then a days of the week song, and a months of the year song. For the good morning song I hold our class mascot (Build a Bear dressed in school uniform) and pretend he is singing along
I created fun power-points to go along with the days of the week and months of the year songs so they really get excited about seeing those each day, the powerpoints have lots of animation and move quickly. We also do daily "skill songs"- songs that teach a colors and shapes (I like the Frog Street Press songs for these) I try to add movement into the skill songs as much as possible to get them up and wiggling.
- I use cheap, plastic microphones
from dollar store to take daily polls. For example, during morning message time Danielle says "I like pizza", afterwards I will ask one child if they like pizza and they have to answer in a complete sentence and then ask the next person and so forth. It helps their oral language skills and helps them understand the concept of "ask" and "answer". Some other props we use are capes for the "King and Queen of writing
". Each day after journals I select one King of Writing and one Queen of Writing and they get to wear the capes (found on ebay). I also use cheap Magic Wands
from the Dollar Store to spice things up, the kind that makes noise when you wave them. The Leader can point to the days of the week, or the letters in his name, or read the morning message with the wand and then wave it when he's finished- it's a big motivator.
Add daily Nursery Rhyme
I incorporate a daily nursery rhyme into our morning circle routine. I like to use Jack Hartmann's Rhymin to the Beat CD or Dr. Jean's Teaching Tunes Nursery Rhymes CD. I have created a special dance for each of the Jack Hartmann songs so they love, love, love to dance to the Jack Hartmann Nursery Rhyme songs. I have a whole sequence/routine that I use when teaching the Nursery Rhymes- you can read all about it here:
Vanna's Nursery Rhyme page
Our public school district mandates the use of daily calendar, we use Everyday in Pre-K for our calendar curriculum. I agree with others, you can't expect mastery of calendar in Pre-K, but our calendar curriculum is about math concepts and not about mastery of days of the week. You can see pics of our calendar and other components of our circle time at this link: Vanna's circle time
I'll try to include a link to our class mascot below- hope it works: