Circle time for 2.5-3.5 year olds what do you do?

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  1. fiskeda

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    This will be my first time teaching this age have done 3-5 before.... what should I do?

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    Dana
     
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    What I have seen done is usually a short calendar time...with the child putting up the number and just talking about the day of the week and month (pretty quickly), reading a story, talking about "jobs" of the day....
     
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    At 2.5 and 3.5 I view that act of sitting and participating in circle as important if not more important than what actually is happening at circle. As a baseline I have songs that include days of the week words and use the calendar to count in unison, we use finger rhymes that the children participate in and use a thematic story to set the tone for the day. Then I learn how much the children can handle and learn how to get them to succeed. By the time we understand that about each other a few weeks have gone by---but our circle is including more and more topics.

    have a song that cues them to know what is happening......then don't change that song.
     
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    Be sure to make it VERY short. Songs are always a good idea and they love it. I once heard at a workshop that a child's attention span at this age is their age plus 2 minutes. After working with 3 yr olds for 24 years, I have to believe it! :lol:
     
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    I do a lot of songs that involve movement and action. They love to move!! The first thing that I do with all my classes is some sort of action game that gets the wiggles out. At the end of the action game I give the direction to sit down and model how I want them to sit quietly. This seems to work great, for my class anyways.
     
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    Thanks for all the great ideas!!!!!:D!
     

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