Teaching Shapes through Songs at Circle Time
Teaching children shapes is an academic skill that most preschools and kindergarten programs focus on. But, naming shapes can sometimes be a daunting task. How you bring shapes into your preschool world can help support identification.
We like to do a brief review of shapes during our circle (and I mean brief!). Keeping things lively at circle time is how it stays successful. To keep it lively we SING! I feel like I have said this so many times before, but singing keeps children's attention (and it also makes it fun). Plus, our brains can better remember the skill we are trying to learn when it is in song. Have you ever tried to get 'What Does the Fox Say?' out of your head? An hour later I am still like "Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding"- don't act like I'm the only one!
Yes, songs stay with us. So, we sing shape songs at circle time. After I assess each student's knowledge of shapes, I can get a better idea of which shapes I need to focus on. We usually do only a shape song or two a day. We also review them as we are waiting for the bathroom or heading outside. Wait, what's that? You want to me to just give you the shapes songs already?
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