Circle Time

Andrew Kutt

Gathering as a group in a Montessori setting or what is more commonly known as circle time, usually signals a transition for the child and helps set the tone for the environment’s next work cycle. Being together is a chance for children to reconnect, to reflect, and to be peaceful with themselves and others. Circle time can be an opportunity for celebration and song, for acknowledgement and gratitude, as well as for grace and courtesy. These are all elements that instill in the child a sense of integrity and respect for each other within a peaceful community. The time can also be used to sow the seeds for new lessons and concepts. In this workshop, Andrew Kutt demonstrates the wide array of possibilities for circle time and also shows how a schedule or rubric of activities can help teachers plan gathering times more effectively.