I was just reading the lovely blog, Leaves&Branches, Trunks&Roots and came across this great video!
As I am currently reading The Morning Meeting Book I am trying to think how reshaping Morning Circle time will effect the classroom. The questions posed in Pamela’s blog are valid: How can we make sure that morning circle time is not boring?
In my previous school, we used to have a fixed Morning Circle schedule:
Monday: Talk about the weekend
Wednesday: Book presentation
Thursday: Praise day
Friday: Reflection and Planning
This worked with my current class as well. It was new to them. They loved book presentations, because all nine children in my class love books. They loved games, and were in charge of choosing their own games.
But towards the end of the second term it was becoming obvious that some children did not want to talk about their weekend, while others were so eager to tell us, well, about their football match, just like the previous week. How do we make those morning circle times always interesting? What can we add? Where is the unexpected?
I have to say, thanks Pamela! I am really inspired this morning! (I may have to go dance off to straighten my hair now!)