Building Community Through Circle Time

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2 Clock Hours of Early Childhood Education

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Building Community Through Circle Time

2 Clock Hours of Early Childhood Education
Circle time is a common element in early childhood programs which gives teachers prime opportunities for instruction and interaction with their students. Circle time is used to teach important lessons and can also be used to build a sense of community within the classroom. This topic is designed to instruct teachers, caregivers, directors and staff of the importance of using circle time to build a classroom community. This makes children feel safe, respected, confident and capable and gives them the tools they need to become members of a larger community.  

Learning Outcomes:
  • Discuss the purpose of establishing a circle time routine for building a sense of community in an early childhood program
  • Compare the circle time needs of different age groups
  • Apply the knowledge from this course in developing community building circle time strategies
  • Identify three ways to build community during circle time
  • State the role of modeling desired behavior in an early childhood program
  • Identify the benefits of building classroom community
  • Determine the use of CDA Competency Standards that align with community building activities

Washington STARS credit:  
Program Planning and Development (2 hours) 
CDA Unit 3: Supporting Children's Social and Emotional Development (2 hours)
  • Infant/Toddler
  • Preschool
  • Family Child Care (Mixed-Age)

​Successful Solutions Training in Child Development is a MERIT registered training organization.  

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  • 5
    Thank you!

    Posted by Penny on 15th Feb 2016

    I especially appreciated the new ideas of things to do as a group to promote community. It always helps to have fresh, new ideas!