This set offers solutions for making circle time less stressful. Each item included in the circle time mega-pack will help you create an engaging circle time routine for your students, to help you start the day off right! This set includes song cards, day of the week labels, month labels, calendar numbers, alphabet and number cards, and the question of the day prompt notebook.
Song Cards: The songs on these cards are all favorites that I’ve used in my classroom. Some are great for transitions (the clean-up song and the good morning song), others are perfect for practicing specific concepts (the days of the week song, the months song, and the name spelling song). Some are great for large motor games (jump up and down, the movement song, and the wheels on the bus), while others are helpful when practicing counting (5 green speckled frogs, 5 little monkeys, and 5 little hot dogs). Then there are a collection of songs that are just fun and silly – but also help children practice rhyming and intonation.
Day Labels: Even though children may not be able to read the day labels, I still use them as part of my circle time routine. Some of the children are able to look at the first letter and use the letter sound to help figure out what day it is. For others, just knowing that the letters put together spell the day of the week is an important literacy skill. I’ve included tags that say Today, Tomorrow, and Yesterday so that you can help your students begin to understand that the days of the week always fall in the same order.
Month Labels: The month labels are great for using to introduce what each word looks like as you sing the month songs (included in the song cards). At the beginning of each month I post the current month label and we talk about what month it is now, what month it was last month, and what month will be next.
Calendar Numbers: There is some debate about whether calendar is really appropriate for very young children. I do calendar in my classroom because I firmly believe it has helped my students build their number recognition skills. Each day we identify what day it is on the calendar and say the number. We may also recognize what day it was yesterday, or what day it will be tomorrow. At the beginning of the school year I may only have a few children who are able to tell me which number they see on the calendar, but by the end of the year the majority are able to name all of the numbers, even up to 30.
Letter and Number Cards: I like to use circle time to play games as a large group. This gives me the opportunity to see which concepts I need to work on with the entire group, and which concepts specific children need to review. Game ideas are included in this set.
Question of the Day Notebook: This notebook includes 51 weeks worth of daily questions. These questions have been developed for preschoolers and kindergartners, to encourage extended responses and critical thinking. They are also meant to show children that different people have different thoughts and opinions, and to help students get to know each other. The questions can be used as daily verbal questions, with answers that can be recorded by the teacher on included note pages.
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