ERIC Number: ED400045
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
The Sharing Circle: Themes for Home and School Involvement.
This guide describes a program that turns ordinary show-and-tell time into a theme-related sharing time, or "sharing circle." In this program, each child is assigned a special sharing day once a month, with the sharing days evenly distributed throughout the month and with no more than three children sharing on a particular day. Monthly themes are the conceptual organizers around which the program is based, themes of intrinsic interest to children, yet broad enough for children to have many choices for sharing. The monthly theme is integrated into all areas of the curriculum, with special attention given to quality literature, art and music, math, science, and social studies, and experiences are provided that stimulate learning in all developmental areas. Since many children attend the same early childhood program for consecutive years, the guide contains 2 years of monthly programs, for September through May, with one special summer sharing theme. Each monthly section includes objectives, a monthly commentary, two letters to parents that may be used as models, suggested activities, such as arts and crafts ideas and cooking projects, and songs and rhymes. Bibliographies of poems and picture books related to each theme are also included. Some of the themes include: autumn days; family traditions; friendship; the earth; and animals. Five appendices contain: suggestions for birthday time activities and exploring fruit using the five senses; arts and crafts recipes; and indexes of songs and recipes. (TJQ)
Descriptors: Art Activities, Childhood Interests, Childrens Literature, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learning Activities, Music Activities, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Sharing Behavior, Songs, Thematic Approach
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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