'This is an excellent book full of practical circle time activities and experiences....The benefits of the potential life skills acquired through the use of this resource are immeasurable because it will help communication and problem solving skills, show participants how to be flexible, to get along with others, deal with conflict, take sensible measured risks and make wise decisions' - Early Years Educator
'Working as a supportive reference, resource manual and catalyst, the text affirms the partnership between school, family and community…[It] will boost the effectiveness of Circle Time - as a respected program in social / emotional learning, and tool for empowering youth' - Bendigo Weekly
'The beauty of this book lies in the simplicity of the activities. Anyone can follow the instructions and get amazing results. Individuals who have developed walls around themselves as a defence to cover up their low self esteem also react with wonder and bewilderment during these activities. A good self affirming experience during Circle Time goes a long way in helping us manage the darkest moments of our lives. Even the most reticent people open up during Circle Time' - Aroona Sharma, Ex-Head PSHE The British School, New Delhi, Counsellor, Psychotherapist
Murray White was the first British author to publish a book on Circle Time and his classic Magic Circles helped to raise the profile and popularity of Circle Time during the 90s. This new and revised edition provides both the theoretical underpinnings and practical advice you need to help raise self-esteem through Circle Time. The resource also includes a 60 minute audio CD to introduce guided imagery to help build self-esteem. It takes the listener through a number of journeys, helping to develop imagination, improve concentration and increase self - confidence.
The book provides a range of exciting activities to use in Circle Time to develop a sense of:
The benefits of participation in this process both for individuals and society are clearly explained. The ability to communicate well, take sensible risks, make wise decisions, be flexible, deal with conflict and stress, solve problems and get along with others are all enhanced by this experience. To take account of the popularity of the first edition among adults, circle activities are now included especially for their use. Everyone will benefit from the Circle Times in this book.
Murray White represents the U.K. on the International Council for Self Esteem and emerges as the earliest and most significant influence on the establishment of Circle Time in the UK.
|What exactly is it? How it affects the lives of everyone and the significance of it for society.|
|Your awareness of it and some steps towards nourishing it and it.|
|Your responsibilities and the preparations required to lead a group well.|
|The benefits that can be expected from participation by all ages|
|The Motivation for Circle Times and the original 1989 TES article|
|The Special Day, discussions, brainstorming, rounds - banners, badges and books|
|The teacher's role - circles to promote the five key issues relating to the possession of a high, healthy level of self-esteem|
|Activities for use anytime|
|Guidance on how to use the CD and explanations of the self-esteem concepts in the stories|