Circle time is one of my favorite times of the day! There is of course lots of singing and dancing involved and my students have a blast! Thankfully, circle time in our classroom is very animated because we have the luxury of having a promethean board. My students love singing the days and months along with different videos, as well as doing the interactive calendar on Starfall. We pack A LOT of different skills into this time because it is one of our few whole group times of the day.
Here is a little run-down of our circle time routine:
Group time behavior reminders – These are also posted below my promethean so I can point to them to remind students.
Once we start the transition into circle time, I begin playing this song. The students love it and it’s a good “starter” for our circle time. Once students are seated, I shake hands with each kid and say, “Good Morning! I wait for each student to either say or gesture back to me before moving to the next student. See, with my kids, I know hugs are still cute and they make teachers feel loved, BUT, when that little 1st grader is in 6th grade and he’s hugging random people, it’s not so cute anymore. SO – we work on other ways to greet people, like shaking hands. When I first started this at the beginning of the year, the kids all kind of just looked at me and I was basically grabbing their hand to shake it. Now that it is part of the routine, they reach their hand out right away when I get to them. Love it!
For attendance we have one student up at the promethean board to move the pictures. As we sing to each kid, this student moves his or her picture (down below – not shown). After we are finished with everyone, we also go over if we have a teacher missing and we will move that person over to “Home” and write the sub’s name under school. We then make little counting/math problem out of the two sections by counting how many on each side, then adding those two numbers together.
We sing a few different attendance songs depending on the day.
The first one goes to the tune of bingo:
In this class, we have a girl, and Sara is her name-o
We’re glad you’re hear today!
The second one I have no clue what the tune is, but here are the words:
How are you today?
Sara: I am happy (or whatever emotion), I am happy, I am happy, I am happy today!
Days of the week song – Love this song because it involves following directions (whisper the days, yell the days, clap, stomp, etc) and moving.
Months of the year song – Calming music, goes over the seasons and holidays for each month.
Starfall Calendar – the best – interactive & no prep required!
We also count the days we’ve been in school to review counting ones, tens, and hundreds using this pocket chart and our hundred’s chart:
My students love this weather song and this weather song, so we switch it off every other day.
We use the calendar to record the daily weather, as well as our weather chart with Boardmaker pictures so my younger students can participate as well.