Inclusivity During Circle Time
During circle time the ultimate goal is to have all students following directions and able to participate for the entire duration. However, children who have behavioral issues or developmental delays may not be developmentally ready to sit or listen for an extended period of time.
Appropriate Time Expectations
Increase or decrease the amount of time spent at circle time depending on the individual student’s needs. Some children may need to spend less time at group initially but gradually increases in the duration will allow them to acclimate to a full group time. There should be a quiet activity ready for them when it is their time to leave group early.
Reduce the amount of visual information that is displayed to students. Use poster or foam boards to display the calendar, and another to display the weather, etc. and only have one on display at a time. This will reduce distractions that may make it difficult for the student to attend to the current lesson.
Make it Fun
Keep the circle time interesting by including activities with movement or reading books in a silly voice. Holding a child’s interest will help them to learn more and enjoy circle time enough to want to come back.
Make sure that all students are able to see you and the current activity clearly. Make periodic eye contact with each student to help with engagement.
If any students need any other special accommodations make sure that they are ready before group starts to avoid distractions and to give them the best opportunity to learn and feel engaged.