Our Circle Time is short and very predictable. Students check their schedule and find the Circle Time card. They then bring it and their chair to the Smartboard room and place their card on the Circle Time sign. Next they push their chairs to the table and sit down. Easy - not at all. It has taken months of hard work for all of us.
Next we sing the "Hello" song to each student. Then, Avery fills out the calendar on the Smartboard while the others watch. They enjoy hearing the names of the week. We have a song and activity for about 5 minutes and then close with the "Goodby" song. Circle Time lasts about 15 minutes altogether. This is a long time for our little ones to sit, follow directions and pay attention to an adult or screen.
One of our activities has been 5 Green and Speckled Frogs. I found the Raffi version (my own children's favourite) along with a video. This day we did some painting. It was a great success! I'm particularly thrilled with the interest they showed in each other's painting.
PS - How did they make such great art without getting covered in paint? I slipped card stock into ziplock bags and then squirted in the paint. This is also good for students who don't like to touch paint. These are the best speckled frogs sitting on a log that I have seen!
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