*Update (Sept. 2016) I have release a new version of my Circle Time Binder. Take a look inside the newest version here.
I'm so excited to share my Circle Time Binder with you. My Circle Time Binder combines your favorite circle time activities (Weather, Days/Months, Calendar Activities, Colors, Shapes, Letters, Who's Here, etc.) into a portable binder. It's perfect for educators who are limited on wall space, may want to take their circle time on the go (outside, field trips, etc.) or those who have varying ages in their home working on different skills.
It can be customized to fit your needs
One of the best features about the Circle Time Binder is that it can be customized to meet you needs. You can print as many of the pages as you need for the children in your care. You can easily add new activities to meet the changing needs of the children in your care. You can even create a customized circle time binder for each of the children in your care. In addition to my printables you can add your own printed finger plays, thematic photos, and printable activities, to customize your binder.
How can I purchase the printables?
My Circle Time Binder printable sheets are available to print from my
Members Only Download Area!
How do I put it together?
This is the perfect opportunity for you to get your creative juices flowing. You can make it as simple, or interactive as you want. In addition to the printables you will also need a Binder, Page Protectors (or you can laminate your pages). To make it more interactive I also recommend purchasing velcro dots, baseball card holders and dry erase markers.
There are so many options are how you can customize the printables. I've featured each page below with some ideas you can incorporate in your circle time routine-and ways you can extend the activity. I'd love to see how you are using it in your space-please be sure to send me your photos.
Start your day with Who's Here
I've included a "Who's Here" today page, as well as a "Who's at Home" page. I've also included blank frames. To customize these pages you can add photos of your children to the blank frames, or just their names, The children will have fun adding moving their names to the Who is here today side-while at the same time learning name recognition.
Expand This: You can expand on this activity by having the children locate their friends names, or create cards with just their last names on them. If you have created individual binders you can also insert a Handwriting page, and use a White Board pen to have the children practice writing their names.For added creativity you can create new "Name Tags" Seasonally or related to your Themes. Laminated the "Name" tags extends their wear.
*Quick Tip: If you have a Label Making Machine-Consider laminating the Blank Name Tags, and placing Labels on the Name Tags-This will allow them to be changed out easily for future use.
What's the Weather Like Today?
Children love telling the weather! Add more than one Velcro Dot to this page to allow for variances in the weather.
Expand This: Talk about what you might need to wear outside today, take photos outside and use them as your weather cards, or graph the Weather. Add a Weather station outside your window so the children can "See" the weather (a windsock, wind chime, Flag, Rain Gauge, or outdoor thermometer).
How are you Feeling?
Use this page to give the children an opportunity to share how they are feeling. Print enough emotion cards for everyone to have a chance to share. This part of your circle time focuses on teaching Social Emotional Skills.
Expand This: Create your own emotion cards, Take photos of the children replicating each emotion-and match up the activity cards. Use this time to talk about how we can support our friends who are feeling sad, or upset. How we can be good friends. It's a great time to sing a song about feelings-one of my favorites is "If you are happy and you know it", or read a short book about emotions. Pass around a mirror and have the children practice making each "Emotion".
Use this poster to have the children practice their colors. You can take turns calling on the children to tell what each color is, or you can turn this page into an interactive color matching activity.
Expand this: Add one of my Color Matching Printable Activities to your Binder, Practice matching "Color Words" to the Color Photos, Send the children on a hunt to find an object of the same Color, or pull the color cards out of a bag.
I've included a Basic Shapes poster. You can expand this: By calling out the shape and having the children point to it, or find an object in the room of a similar shape. For older children you can practice matching Shape words to the shapes themselves.
I've included a Lower Case and Upper Case Letter posters. In addition to singing the alphabet song, you can also have the children practice the short and long "Sounds" of each letter.
Expand This: You can turn this into an interactive "Case Matching" activity, or add a complimentary interactive activity after this page. Send the children on a "Letter Hunt", ask them to find "Letters in their Name", Draw letters out of a bag and have them locate the letter on the poster. Say the Letter sound and have the children locate the letter on the poster.
What's the Date?
I've included a few different options for recording the Date,Some options include:
Get to know the Days of the Week
Practice Naming the Days of the Week, or create an interactive Calendar activity to show what day it was Yesterday, What day it is Today and What day it will be Tomorrow.
Check the Members Only Area often for new Circle Time Binder Printable Pages, and Other Printable Educational Activities. These will be available for Free for Members. I'm also open to suggestions. Please let me know if you are looking for a specific type of Educational Activity or Skill printable.
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Circle Time Binder-Digital Download
The Circle Time Binder combines all of your favorite Circle Time Activities in a portable Binder. It's a great option for educators who are short on wall space, only have 1 or 2 children "ready" for Circle Time, or parents who are homeschooling their Preschooler.
Inside this 57-Page Printable you will find:
4-Cover designs to choose from
A Skills Check list
3-Editable Who's Here Sign in activities
How are you feeling? poster and clip cards
100-Days recording page
The current season is ... activity
Today's weather is .. activity
Days of the week activity
Special Days of the Month (*Editable)
I know my letters uppercase & lowercase posters
Interactive I know my colors poster
Interactive I know my shapes poster
Directions, TOS, and Graphics Credit
Simply insert each page in a page protector, laminate the pieces for durability and attach with velcro.
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Apple Activity Pack-Digital Download
Let's explore apples! Inside this apple themed activity pack you will find an assortment of easy to assemble activities. You can easily turn them into a variety of hands on learning centers, tot trays or file folder games.
Help the children in your care learn literacy skills, and math skills. Some of the skills covered in this pack are: colors, shapes, uppercase and lowercase letter identification, patterning, one to one correspondence, counting, and ordering numbers 1-10.
Inside this 55-Page Printable Activity pack you will find the following 16 activities:
Apple Clip Cards
Apple tree color matching activity
Roll and Color apple graphing activity
Apple tree uppercase and lowercase letter matching file folder activity
Apple Count and Clip Cards
Apple Tree counting mats 1-10
Apple barrel counting mats 1-12
Counting Apples Mat 1-20
Apple Patterning Activity
Sorting apples by size
Parts of an apple
Seasonal apple tree match
Apple Tree Life Cycle puzzle
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This 40 page printable activity pack includes 11 printable activities, and 2 pages of 3-part cards for your Corn, Scarecrows and Crows themed Week.
Corn Kernel Counting Activity (Can also be used as a craft template)
Color Clip Cards
Count and Clip Cards
Crow counting mats with 10-frames (1-10)
Cutting Practice Sheet
Uppercase & Lowercase Letter Puzzle Cards
Positional Phrases Activity
Scarecrow Counting Mats (1-10)
Shape Matching Puzzles
Patterning Activity Page
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