Gerry Dunne, Ph.D.
Use these engaging Magic Circle activities to help young children acquire language and social interaction skills.
It’s well documented that children who have developed good communication skills and the ability to get along with others perform better in school and in all aspects of their lives. The Magic Circle process has long been recognized as an effective and easy-to-use approach that helps children acquire cooperation, social, and language skills.
When engaging in these exciting Magic Circle activities, children perform role-plays, learn to accurately describe their feelings, practice self-control, give positive attention to others, and practice all these in a safe and accepting setting.
With this program, you’ll effectively teach and develop in your children many important aspects of social and emotional learning skills such as:
- Pro-social play skills
- Appropriate eye contact
- Greeting others
- Being aware of feelings
- Developing oral language skills
- Following instructions
- Taking turns.
How the Circle Became Magic
A young child gave the Magic Circle its name.
At the close of a circle session, he proclaimed:
“This was just like magic! I said something and so did everybody else.
And we all listened! It’s a ‘Magic Circle’.”
Table of Contents
- How To Use This Book
- Early Childhood Development and the Magic Circle
- The Social-Emotional Development of Children in Preschool and Kindergarten
- Goals, Benefits and Structure of The Magic Circle
- The Social-Emotional Themes of the Magic Circle
- How to Lead a Magic Circle
- The Magic Circle Promises
- Steps in Leading the Magic Circle Session
- Questions and Answers about Implementing the Magic Circle Program
- Unit I – Self Awareness: Finding Out Who We Are and What We Can Do
- Unit II – Self Management: Expressing and Enjoying Our Talents
- Unit III – Social Development and Responsibility: Relating Responsibly with Others
- Unit IV – Self Awareness: Using and Enjoying Our Senses
- Unit V – Self Management: Showing What We’re Learning
- Unit VI – Social Development and Responsibility: Cooperating with Others
- Unit VII – Self Awareness: Experiencing and Expressing Our Feelings
- Unit VIII – Self Management: Taking Pride in Our Accomplishments
- Unit IX – Social Development and Responsibility: Understanding and Caring for Each Other