Circle Time, Calendar, Morning Meeting and Goodbye Circle

February 16, 2021

Make sure to check out our other blog spot about Morning Circle!

Circle Time is a favorite time!


2.16.2021 A Read Aloud at Morning Circle

Many of our teachers use circle time as one chance during the school day to read aloud to the class as a group. Books are often based upon the classroom theme at hand and can provide ample opportunities for team members to capture data on skills that present themselves during the read-aloud. It’s also a chance for children to hear an adult reading, something which has repeatedly been shown to increase language, literacy, and reading in the child. The more books the better, with the number of times per day he/she is read to directly impacting the number of words a child has in his/her vocabulary. Links to helpful articles in this vein are provided below.

When you visit Room 3 at about 9:50 each morning, children are in circle hearing a read-aloud or two. Here’s Ms. Lindsay, T.A. reading a Valentine’s Day book to the class last week. While some kiddos are in related services or one-to-one sessions with other team members, the group here is getting a great workout with pointing to pictures that Lindsay asks them to find, saying words that she reads, and sitting together in a group, which is certainly an important skill for our children as they prepare for kindergarten.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/5373247_Reading_aloud_to_children_The_evidence

https://ehe.osu.edu/news/listing/importance-reading-kids-daily-0/

 


10.26.2020 Morning Circle and Greeting Friends

In Circle Time, one of the important skills our learners work on is greeting their friends. The Good Morning Song is a great way for students to practice saying good morning to each friend by name, and luckily, Room 6 gave us a chance to see their song in action. Each youngster has a chance to be the center of attention for a verse, and during the remainder of the song, children enjoy singing, clapping, dancing, or practicing the days and months of the year, another part of Circle Time.

We love sharing these stories of success, and hope you’ll leave a comment below to give positive encouragement back to our team members and students!

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8.2.2020 Summer Session Circle Time.

Crossroads reopened for students on 7.13, and it’s been back to school since. With lots of health and safety precautions and procedures in place, things are going well and we’re happy to have students back for in-person learning.

Circle Time, also known as Morning Meeting, or Afternoon Meeting, is a time for large group interactions and practice. Topics typically include greeting each-other, days of the week, months of the year, seasons, and other calendar skills, review of the weather, a preview of the day’s schedule, and other skills the class is working on.

Very often, teachers use music, finger-play, and follow-me-type actions to engage students. Frequently too, educators use their classroom iPads to bring up quick videos that can help children to understand concepts and skills. Practicing clapping, hands in the air, counting, or letter identification are all skills that our learners can work on in this manner.

We are nearing the life expectancy of all of our iPads. Each classroom has one and each therapist or therapy area has one. In fact, right now our iPads are not updated enough to handle some of the more current applications that teachers and therapists want to use. Donations towards iPads are always appreciated, and if you’d like to contribute, please click the link here to make your gift today!

http://crossroadcenter.org/donate/ 


4.23.2020 What does Virtual Learning look like for Crossroads?

In normal times, Circle Time is a place where the large group of the class comes together. It’s a learning spot where a great deal of incidental learning, generalization, modeling, and other forms of skills are targeted and practiced.  Right now, classes are having circle time through remote channels such as Zoom, GoToMeeting, and ClassDojo. Below you can see an example of circle time from a teacher’s point of view.

But what does that look like from the child’s point of view?

Thanks to Ms. Chelsea, Room 7′s Teaching Assistant, for getting this picture of “M,” and parental permission to share. M can see and hear his classroom teaching team and friends, even though they aren’t together. His mom helps him contribute during the lesson, and to follow up on skills that are addressed.

While this current situation is sub-optimal for our students, we are so proud of our parents and families for the way they are taking the reins as needed, and working with their teachers and therapists to uphold the gains their child has made at school. Further, we’re proud of the teachers and therapists for the extensive and painstaking efforts they are putting forth to fulfill their promises to prepare their students for life success.


3.25.2020 Circle Time is normally a time for the whole class to come together to practice calendar skills, establish the day’s expectations, and catch up with each other. Students sharpen their powers in literacy, numeration, relationships and so much more.

At this time, Ms. Rebecca, Room 5‘s teacher has started sharing a Virtual Circle Time via YouTube, as well as a Story Time. Here is her channel, which readers and viewers can go directly to from this point on, in order to see her updates as she posts them.

Thank you, Rebecca! Your creativity is precious!

Ms. Becca’s Storytime & Preschool


3.18.2020

As schools are closed everywhere due to precautions around COVID-19, our team members at Crossroads realize how challenging this time will be for our students and their families. We are posting resources on our PARENT RESOURCES page and also on various blog spots, such as this one.

Today’s resource was discovered by Ms. Morgan, one of our Occupational Therapists. It is a schedule that might be helpful for our parents as to how to plan out the day. It is posted here, where we normally share about the routines of morning and afternoon circle because one of the aspects of the school day that helps our students is the structure of routines and schedules. Thanks, Morgan, for this cool resource.


2.27.2020 Starting the morning off with feeling!

Ms. Elise, our School Psychologist does plenty of cool activities here, but this one will bring a smile to the face of every reader out there.

As part of her work helping children develop vocabulary and concepts around emotions, she brings some awesome props into the classrooms and implements lessons each week.

In Room 5 recently, she incorporated her group into the class’s morning circle. Students engaged with the puppets and practiced several social skills. Naming emotions depicted on picture cards was another fun activity, and students did a great job raising hands and taking their turns. The best of all was playing Feeling Charades – students acted out an emotion shown only to them by Elise. Then, their classmates guessed the feeling from their dramatization. It was fun to see them act out scared, angry, surprised, sad, and happy! Students had fun but also had to think and be reflective of this. Wonderful lesson, Ms. Elise!

The teachers in Room 5, Ms. Rebecca, Ms. Lisa, Ms. Kathy, and Ms. Nicole engaged students throughout the group and helped them participate. Afterward, they did a great job shaking out the wiggles and working on calendar skills for the day. Wonderful circle time for all!

 


3.21.2019 From practicing the pledge of allegiance to deciphering the daily weather, Circle Time is a favorite part of the day in the classrooms.

In some classrooms, “Morning Meeting” is a routine daily activity.  In other rooms, it is “Goodbye Circle.” Some rooms go by “Circle Time.”

 

Whatever they call it and whenever they do it, their students learn important skills in Circle Times.

Music and movements to learn about the weather.

 

Or about brushing our teeth.

 

Sitting with a group of students.

 

 

Waiting. Taking turns.

 

 Encouraging each other.

 

 

Attending to multiple directions and cues.

Learning to raise hands.  
Children at Crossroads Center for Children receive lots of positive reinforcement for their great efforts and performance of skills.

 

 Since so much learning and fun are happening during Calendar, Morning Meeting, Circle Time, Goodbye Circle…… kids often talk about this time of their school day.

We always love hearing from parents about what our students talk about from their school day once they are  home. Please share in the comments below!

Hope you enjoyed reading about the Circle Time at Crossroads Center for Children!

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