While the children are going through the settling process at Kidz Venture, attending a circle time greatly helps the children to overcome the separation anxiety they experience during the first couple of days. It is understandable that parents are also feeling some anxiety when they leave their little ones behind. To overcome this anxiety for both parent and child, today we are sharing with you (our parents), an activity, that we do in class to make children feel welcome at Kidz Venture.
Circle time is one of the most important parts of the day, not only do the children look forward to it, but the bell which is rung to signify the start of circle time, is usually met with everyone excitedly tidying up their work and rushing to the carpet or circle time corner.
Parents and children may not realize that a circle is an ancient, universal, simple symbol of togetherness and belonging. Circle time, is an activity for groups of children that has been around for over a century. Successful circle times include, music, movement, inclusion, spontaneity and non-judgmental expression of ideas.
Elements of a Successful Circle Time
At Kidz Venture we include the following five elements when planning circle time:
What Children Gain from Circle Time
Children learn from observation. There are endless learning benefits as well as emotional benefits from circle time. How to behave appropriately in a group is a learned skill, which prepares young children for more formal education and other group activities in life. Everything from social skills to language to empathy can be gained with practice in circle time. For example:
As a vehicle for learning, circle time in early childhood fosters a sense of community and belonging. Although it supports the development of all children – each child, regardless of ability, can experience a feeling of belonging to the group during circle time, particularly for Children who are struggling to learn a new language or for those who feel shy and awkward in a group setting.
Much of the effectiveness of circle time comes from the fact that its power is not fundamentally rooted in language, rather through the physical presence of other children, the joining of hands, and the synchronization of movement and gesture.
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