Circle Games for Social/Emotional Development & More!

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Included in this week’s pdf are recommendations for children’s books and music to accompany the activities.

Circles bring about a sense of community – of belonging – that no other formation offers. In 2005, Shelley Butler wrote that circle times for children have “been around for about a century. Because there is no beginning or end, every individual in a circle is equal and belongs to the whole group.”

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Whether the children are holding hands or simply sitting or standing side by side, the circle is a symbol of togetherness. It allows them to see and hear everyone else. To remain part of the circle, children must accept the rules and roles assigned. Recognition of others and both verbal and nonverbal communication are among the social skills fostered “in the round.”

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