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Square Peg in a Round Hole: Improving Circle Time in Early Childhood Settings


Square Peg in a Round Hole: Improving Circle Time in Early Childhood Settings


Spikes in behavior management challenges typically occur during circle time, which leads to a stressful impact on  our days as educators–but why do we do it? You may be surprised to learn that there is no licensing rule requiring daily circle time, though there is research to show that building community and relationships in early learning settings is a crucial first step to support children as they grow and learn. This training aims to review developmental benchmarks in young children in order to build a practice of using circle time as an opportunity to build community within your early childhood setting. We will look at ways of removing the traditional teacher-led activities associated with group time (calendar, weather, alphabet, etc.) into other elements of your day in order to utilize the classroom environment as a teacher. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their current routines, view videos of other circle times in various settings, and then to collaborate with other early childhood staff to reimagine this part of their day.

This training is for you if….

you feel worn down by your daily circle time routines

you enjoy engaging in (or are looking to begin engaging in) reflective practice

you need a totally new vision for the structure of your group time, or maybe just a refreshing new outlook on how this time can be used in a different way

you are aiming to build classroom community

you aren’t looking for behavior management techniques to encourage children to sit through calendar time

Stevie Alverson, Early Childhood Program Consultant, Buncombe Partnership for Children

Thursday, August 1, 2019



2 CHCs


*Directors* – You can attend ANY training for free if one or more of your staff attends the same training. Contact us at dHJhaW5pbmcgfCBidW5jb21iZXBmYyAhIG9yZw== or 828.407.2066 for more information!


Is my registration transferable?

Things happen! If for some reason you are unable to attend this training after you have registered, you may send someone in your place! Just be sure to let us know (dHJhaW5pbmcgfCBidW5jb21iZXBmYyAhIG9yZw==).

What is the refund policy?

Unfortunately, we do not offer refunds for trainings, unless Buncombe Partnership for Children cancels the event. Instead, we do offer ‘credits’ that can be applied to future trainings you wish to attend. To receive credits for future training you must cancel at least 24 hours in advance. You are responsible for contacting us should you wish you transfer your credit to another training.

Can I pay with cash or check?

If your organization must pay by check, please contact Stevie Alverson at 828.407.2058 or c3RldmllIHwgYnVuY29tYmVwZmMgISBvcmc=. All checks are due 72 hours in advance unless otherwise agreed upon.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept cash. If you do not have a credit card or feel uncomfortable using a credit card online, consider asking a friend to register you and giving them cash.

I’m going to be running late. Can I still attend?

Unfortunately, DCDEE rules do not allow for credit to be given to participants that miss more than 15 minutes of a training. The participant is welcome to still attend, but CHCs or CEUs cannot be given.

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