Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Early Childhood Education

Capstone Instructor

Barbara Schoenbeck

Second Reader

Lynn Gehrke


early childhood education, circle time, group time, teacher training


Group times (also referred to as circle times) are reported by many teachers and children as being a dreaded part of the daily schedule. Teachers new to the field find group times especially frustrating, because they are often unsure of how to conduct them. Although some college textbooks include a few paragraphs about this important topic, and many reference books have been written that offer ideas for topics to include in group times, the literature includes very little information that ties the information teachers need together in a practical, easy to read format. This project provides a workshop and reference manual to help teachers develop a better understanding of concepts critical to successful group times. Included is general information about group times, a list of benefits group times offer children and teachers, tips on content, suggestions for reading children's cues, ways to structure group times to meet the needs of all children, samples of group time plans, and a reference section.


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