This week’s video is the second video in my three-part, “I hate circle time” series. I guess you could say I’m on a campaign to make circle time better and what better way to bring quality to this long- standing tradition than to use literature to show you the way.
Most of you will say, “Carla reading to children is nothing new during circle time”.
True. BUT I can tell you three things:
- Reading during circle time doesn’t happen enough
- Teachers don’t make the most of their books when they do read
- Teachers should be choosing books that deliver on the concepts and vocabulary
Watch this week’s video for a couple of ideas on how you can use literature during Circle Time!
One thing I didn’t mention in the video was that there are a ton of books out there with no words that could be a tremendous springboard for language expression and creativity.
Since you are one of my subscribers, I have some fun titles to share with you! Here’s a list of 10 books you might want to use that have no words!
Carl’s Birthday by Alexandra Day
Do You Want to Be My Friend? By Eric Carle
Alligator’s Toothache by Diane De Groat
Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie, dePaola
Hug by Jez Alborough
Yellow Umbrella by Jae-Soo Liu
The Great Cat Chase by Mercer Mayer
Picnic by Emily Arnold McCully
Sidewalk Circus by Pau Fleischman and Kevin Hawkes
Space Colony by Joe Burlson
Also try out predictable books like:
Is Your Mamma a Llama? By Deborah Guarino
More Spaghetti I Say! By Rita Gleman
Or Rhyming Books like:
The Beast Feast by Douglas Florian
Mig the Pig by Colin Hawkins and Jacqui Hawkins
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
A Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein
Not Now Said the Cow by Joanne Oppenheim
( from the Reading Teacher’s Book of Lists by Jacqueline Kress and Edward Fry)
We’ve never had a better selection of children’s books than we do today. Take advantage of it and let it lead your Circle Time in a world-class experience for your students!!!
Take care and I’ll see you next time!