‘Circle Time’ gives preschoolers routine during pandemic


SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A big challenge parents face is how to keep their kids entertained at home for the rest of the school year.

One local non-profit is filling an hour of that time for some preschoolers. Emily Ehlinger starts off ‘Circle Time’ by having preschoolers at Seedling Preschool say their name, how they’re feeling and what their favorite snack is. Seedling Preschool is a small school with a strong emphasis on the arts.

The executive director of Schuylkill County Council for the Arts decided to start this free program shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic stopped schooling.

“I do miss everything about being at school with all these lovely children,” teacher Krista Schaeffer said.

The kids get to see their friends during the hour-long Zoom call and listen to a story read by their teacher, Krista Schaeffer, and see Ehlinger, who would visit the kids about once a week to teach them about artists when they were still in school.

“I love it,” preschooler Danica Fredericks said, adding what she likes most about it is storytime.

The kids get their blood flowing with yoga.

“Yoga gives them that place to just kind of recenter, breathe, do some movement and get that anxiety out,” instructor Jillian Warminksy said.

And listening to an interactive story from Mandy Fitzpatrick from the non-profit Schuylkill Vision.

“To give them an hour to like be able to even have a normal routine even if it’s like this, I think it’s probably really helpful,” Fitzpatrick said.

Using Circle Time as a way to provide joy and relief to kids during such uncertain times. The executive director says that anyone with a child who is interested in joining Circle Time is welcome to do so.

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