Anyone who can recall their time at preschool will likely have fond memories of circle time. Children gather around a carpeted circle to listen to stories, play games, and learn through play. However, such a simple thing can be a challenge if you’re the one in charge. Imagine a preschool teacher searching for a way to convene her room of three-year-old students for circle time in an inviting and comforting way. The classroom she’s working with features a large rug in the center of the floor where the preschoolers would gather for circle time, but the teacher quickly learned that circle time can just as easily drive children apart as it can bring them together. Moving chairs and managing personal space isn’t easy for the little ones. For one preschool teacher, she found the answer.
Preschool years tend to be when most children start developing their sense of personal space. The preschool teacher noticed that while her room was arranged for optimal learning experiences, circle time was quickly becoming a chore, even causing arguments at some points as children started bickering over their favorite spots. The teacher wanted a solution to quell circle time disruptions while maintaining an atmosphere focused on learning.
The teacher decided to try the Children’s Crazy Carpet Circle Seats Rainbow Multi Set of 18-inch round rugs. Each student received his or her own circle rug, and the teacher instructed the students to gather in a circle, each on his or her own personal rug. This was an easy instruction to follow, providing the students with a sense of structure and routine while simultaneously providing them with personal space. This new form of circle time became an everyday expectation and part of the school day routine. The teacher was able to use the circles as additional lessons, sometimes instructing the students to choose different colored circles on different days. This helped with color identification, waiting to take turns, and following instructions within a group.
The teacher’ new Children’s Crazy Carpet Circle Seats Rainbow Multi Set quickly became much more than just a means of organizing circle time better but also a valuable part of her student’s early education, helping them adjust to the classroom setting with more personal space and enriching activities that enhanced every school day.