After a lot of trial and error, I realized I don't like detailing everything we'll do every week. But I like to have a plan, a guide, options for the month. So, I came up with this circle time planner for myself.
For games, I pick fingerplays (mostly for the little one), tongue twisters, and clapping games (remember those fun playground circles with the intricate clapping combinations? yeah, those) we want to practice or try during that month. For active math, I plan which addition fact families, skip counting, or multiplication tables we want to focus on (tied to our math lessons for the month), and we can either skip or hop those, or bounce a ball or toss a bean bag back and forth while we recite them.
I simply write the name of the game, poem, or song, then I make a note of the book and page number where I found it (if it's complicated or I need to memorize it). Sometimes I'll keep printed copies of seasonal poems to keep in my monthly folders, and I'll paper clip them to this sheet.
So far I like the idea of having several options for things to do all in one place, and still having the flexibility to choose which ones we want to do each week or day. I print a sheet for each month and keep one in each monthly folder. If you want to print your own, you can find it here:
How about you? Do you have circle time, or do you do something different to start your days? Do you have a favorite morning song, verse, or activity you do for circle time or just to bring everyone together?