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EXPAND CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITIES WITH NEW AND EXCITING HIGH-TECH AND LOW-TECH IDEAS

Sally Long, Mayer-Johnson, Inc
P.O. Box 1579, Solana Beach CA 92075
800-588-4548 Fax 858-550-0449
sally@mayer-johnson.com

Come experience a fast-paced hour filled with tips and techniques to turn your circle time into a magic circle-time experience. Participants will see how to use both low-tech and high-tech strategies to develop social skills, explore daily activities, and build self-esteem while having fun through songs, games, finger plays, social interaction, and more. Add new ideas to your circle time that will increase the learning potential and challenge your students. Best of all you will learn new circle time strategies and techniques that will inspire and motivate both you and your students.

Circle time provides a motivating language-rich environment for students to interact with others while having fun. It is a time that is incorporated in almost every classroom in the world. It gives students a chance to review personal information, important dates, current events, and daily schedules. Research has shown that games and stories used in circle time are one of the best ways to learn new concepts and practice problem-solving skills but they are also an excellent way to incorporate academic skills which address our IEP goals in a fun and interactive situation. Social stories used in circle time is a way of addressing a variety of skills for the home, community, and classroom.

This session will cover a wide variety of commonly used circle time activities but will give new tips and techniques to expand these activities. Weather, calendar, daily schedule, and sharing come alive when mixed with technology. Through technology, games and stories can be adapted so everyone can join in the fun and learn. Emphasis will be placed on ways to increase student participation by using a variety of devices for those students with limited or severe physical impairments. Low-Tech and high-tech strategies will be explored to give options for each of the students. New songs and finger plays will be shown for a wide variety of activities and topics that will stress the use of both large and small motor skills.

Come see how to use Boardmaker and Book Spinner to make big books, social stories and song books at an appropriate level. Learn strategies for incorporating computers, switches and other tools into your circle time. See how to add journaling activities to your circle time using Writing with Symbols 2000. See how to use Speaking Dynamically Pro to make interactive stories and create talking classroom photo albums. See how to use News-4-You to add current events to circle time and keep students interested and motivated while increasing vocabulary levels. Learn how to use an overhead projector to make life-sized pictures to project on the wall and enhance circle time stories and plays. Take home a CD filled with time-saving templates, new songs, and social stories to jump start your circle time experience.


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