Every day before we read our seasonal picture book aloud, we celebrate in another very important way. We do Circle Time. During Circle Time, we all gather together to sing songs, recite poems, and do finger plays and movement games. I have intentionally chosen specific songs, poems, finger plays, and games to perfectly match the seasonal theme of the books we are reading. We follow the same Circle Time for the whole week, always following the pattern of Circle Time and then read aloud time.
Circle Time is another simple and joyful way we can give our children time to celebrate. It is another opportunity to notice and cherish God's truth, goodness, and beauty. It helps us to experience the seasons and the rhythm and the order that God created in a way that all of us can more fully understand and be a part of.
It is easy to see that children love to sing and dance and move around. These are some of the most natural ways they express joy. So, it makes sense, to make singing and dancing and moving around a part of our every day celebrations.
And let us not forget what we are really doing here. We are celebrating every day things every day. This gives these every day things (like leaves and squirrels) a feeling of importance. We are taking the common, the simple, the every day things, (that many people just look past and fail to notice) and making them big and important and special.
Here is how we do Circle Time in November to celebrate leaves.