Circle time is an amazing chance to connect, build community, and grow your students skills. However, there are a few tips and tricks that can help make it most enjoyable for kiddos, parents, and staff!
#1 - Minimize potential distraction ahead of time:
cover / put away toys that will not be used during circle time - use sheets / tablecloths, cabinets that fold shut, cabinets on wheels that can be faced away from students.
try to minimize other staff moving around the room, keep folks engaged by turning all attention to the circle
#2 - Keep it moving:
As you are well aware, the attention span of little ones is short, make sure you have your supplies and anything you need handy & ready
"Read" your group, if you are starting to have lots of wiggles, wrap it up early or change gears to a favorite song or fingerplay/activity
#3 - Be hands on:
Engage your participants as much as possible
Invite children and families to sing and move with you, start with including some familiar songs if possible, to increase comfort
Reading a book? Give children something to hold while you read
Doing an activity? Is it possible to have a "set" or item for each child? Do it!
Overall, the best tip that we can give it start your first class with a short and sweet circle time. Think boards books, a couple songs, etc. Then each week you can build as you families and children grow in the ability to attend to the circle time! You've got this!