Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 38, Issue 6, pp 439–448 | Cite as

Circle Time: An Exploratory Study of Activities and Challenging Behavior in Head Start Classrooms



The purpose of this descriptive study was to examine circle time activities in eight Head Start classrooms. A total of 7 h of observations occurred in eight classrooms. Songs and academic activities were the most frequently occurring activities. Challenging behavior during circle time also was examined. The three activities with the highest frequency of challenging behavior were roll call, discussion, and calendar routines. Limitations of the study along with implications for research and practice are presented.


Challenging behavior Head Start Circle time 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaignUSA

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