Oh, circle time....
that time of the day that seems to be another one of those things that preschool teachers 'just do'.
I have really been pushing myself to be more purposeful in the classroom. Which means, taking a hard look at some of the things we do as early childhood teachers that we have always done or that every teacher does.
One of these is calendar at circle time.
Many teachers are doing away with the calendar at preschool circle time because young children don't quite understand the concept of time in days, months and years. We know this to be true because to a preschooler everything happened yesterday! So, if children don't grasp the idea of time why on earth spend time doing the calendar together?
Here is my calendar WHY:
We are counting with 1-1 correspondence in a meaningful way
We are practicing counting orally to 30 or 31
We are moving with left to right, top to bottom progression
We are beginning to recognize numerals
We are exposing children to the vocabulary of days of the week and months of the year
When we mark special events on the calendar, we are helping children visualize a countdown to that event
We practice patterning
Overall, we are introducing the idea of what a calendar is and how it helps us, so that later when a calendar is present, children have schema for what is a calendar is.
Do you have a calendar? Do you agree with the use of calendars at circle time?
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