Sunshine circles are adult-led, structured interactive play groups used to enhance the emotional well-being and social skills of children. They are designed to help children feel secure and valued, to get along with others and to feel part of a community. These groups produce remarkably quick connections among children and between children and their teachers that result in trusting relationships and warm classroom communities. When children have these experiences, they can be more successful social beings, more resilient and ready to learn.
Sunshine Circles are:
- Playful & Fun
- Intentionally Accepting & Positive
- Valuing & Caring
- Focused on Cooperation
- Intentionally involves Touch & Proximity
Teachers and children hold hands for songs and games, dab lotion or powder onto hands and knees, and put a hand on a child’s shoulder to reassure them. We know that touch is a powerful means of communication and essential in guiding children’s behaviour. Increasing comfort with touch and proximity is another goal of Sunshine Circles that will contribute to building a better classroom environment and better adjusted children.