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At WorkCastle, we recognize that preschoolers are full of energy, curiosity, and a desire to learn. This is why Circle Time is an essential part of our daily schedule, providing children with a unique opportunity to bond with their peers and express their creativity. Our teachers cultivate a supportive atmosphere where diversity and inclusivity are valued. Each child is encouraged to engage, share, and learn in a manner that aligns with their individual personality and interests. We believe that by nurturing a sense of community and instilling a love for learning, we enable every child to achieve their fullest potential.

What is Circle Time?

Circle Time is a dedicated period where children and teachers gather together to engage in interactive and educational activities. This cherished time can include:

  • Greet each child by name

  • Review the calendar

  • Sing songs

  • Read stories

  • Discuss the theme of the day

  • Perform a group activity

Circle Time at WorkCastle is more than just a daily ritual. It's a foundation for developing essential skills and fostering a sense of community. Here's why it's so important for your child's growth:

1. Creating a sense of belonging

Circle Time helps children feel at home in their classroom. By starting the day with familiar faces and activities, children develop a sense of security and belonging, which is crucial for their emotional well-being.

2. Enhancing attention to detail

During Circle Time, activities are designed to encourage children to focus and pay attention. Whether counting days on the calendar or listening to a story, children learn to concentrate and follow instructions, enhancing their cognitive abilities.

3. Building listening skills

Listening is a critical skill that children practice during Circle Time. As they listen to their peers and teachers, they learn the value of paying attention and respecting others' voices. This skill is fundamental for effective communication.

4. Learning to follow rules

Understanding and following rules is a key aspect of Circle Time. Through daily routines and playful activities, children learn the importance of rules and how they help maintain harmony in the classroom.

5. Developing communication skills

Circle Time provides ample opportunities for children to express themselves and practice speaking. Whether sharing a story or answering a question of the day, children build confidence in their ability to communicate effectively.

6. Improving motor skills

From singing songs with hand motions to participating in movement games, Circle Time supports the development of both fine and gross motor skills. These activities are not only fun but also essential for physical development.

7. Practicing social skills

Social interactions during Circle Time teach children vital skills like sharing, taking turns, and cooperating with others. These skills are the building blocks of healthy relationships and social competence.

8. Embracing routine

Establishing a routine is crucial for young children. Circle Time provides a predictable structure that helps children feel secure and understand the flow of their day.

9. Making friends

Circle Time is a wonderful opportunity for children to get to know their classmates and build friendships. Through group activities and shared experiences, children learn to connect and collaborate with their peers.

10. Fostering creativity

Creativity flourishes during Circle Time. Whether through music, storytelling, or art activities, children have the freedom to express their ideas and imaginations in a supportive environment.

11. Preparing for future learning

Circle Time lays the groundwork for future academic success. The skills and habits children develop during this time prepare them for the more structured learning environments they will encounter in kindergarten and beyond.

12. Making learning fun

Most importantly, Circle Time makes learning fun! Positive experiences during this time instill a love for learning that motivates children to explore new activities and engage with the world around them.

by Maya Karelina, Co-founder, Vice President


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