Kids love Circle Time! This concept is used in preschools, and you can use it in your home, too! Here’s the basic idea:
Get a round, colorful cloth table cloth and lay it on the floor.
Sing “Now it’s time for circle time, for circle time, for circle time, now it’s time for circle time, so lets all come and sing!” (I can teach you the tune if you like)
Have some fun instruments for your kids. We have tambourines, bells, maracas, whistles, and a fun toy called a Tommy Toot. (You can find them at Finnegans in downtown Portland or online and they are the best resource for teaching a child to blow—which is great for other oral motor skills like talking and eating). Please note that many bells we have found are not safe for little ones who put things in their mouth. Be careful! Check out Kindermusic and Toys R Us. Also, I have found instruments for really cheap, or in a free box at garage sales. Make sure to keep this in mind! f
Choose two or three songs to sing with your kids. Check out the Music page on this site for some ideas. If your kids can handle more than three songs, then keep singing!
If your children have a big attention span, you can use “Circle Time” for other things besides just singing—you can talk about the weather, the day’s schedule, read a book, read the Bible, etc. Make circle time fit your family!
You can have circle time once a day (at a specific time, if you like), or several times a day, whatever you like to do!!
At Isaac’s class, they don’t sing the circle time song the same way I choose to sing it. They sing “Now it’s time for circle time, for circle time, for circle time, now it’s time for circle time, so lets all come to circle!”