Welcome to Circle Time Success!

Helping teachers take the overwhelm out of circle time so they can spend more time teaching and less time planning.


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3 Benefits of


#1. It’s Inclusive Circle time lends itself to creating a space where every child not only feels accepted, but celebrated. Multi-sensory opportunities are around every corner from instrument play to interactive story times. This approach allows learners with varying abilities to feel successful learning alongside their peers. Many activities inside the curriculum also include suggested accommodations to help teachers level the playing field even more.

#2. Active Engagement That’s a fancy way of saying Circle Time Success is not a spectators’ sport.  Because the activities are highly engaging using a multi-sensory approach, this By tapping into multiple senses, this active way of learning decreases behavior issues and  increases engagement.  This makes teaching more fun for teachers and learning more fun for kids.   

#3. Teach Across the Curriculum From cognitive to social and emotional skills, the activities in Circle Time Success bring purpose to play.  Each activity contains key objectives that meet the standards early childhood educators are working toward each and every day.


Jana | Circle Time Success

“Thank you a million times Jocelyn Manzanarez! My students LOVE the songs and activities. They are more engaged than ever before. This has been the hardest year to be a teacher. Half of my classroom is on IEP services. One is completely blind. He loves music and is thriving because of the songs you have taught me. Thank you for your support. Thank you for mentoring and caring so much about teachers. It has been incredible!”

– Jana (Wheatland, Wyoming, Head Start Teacher)

Jana | Circle Time Success

“I talk about your activities so much…BECAUSE THEY WORK!!!

My circle times are so much more fun and the most rewarding part is when you hear the children singing away while they are playing throughout the day.”

-Karlien (Beijing, China, EY3 teacher at the International School of Beijing)


Jocelyn Manzanarez is on a mission to help teachers thrive by integrating brain-based strategies with engaging activities that bring the fun back to teaching and learning at circle time.

In 2003 she founded Musically Minded, a Seattle based early childhood music education program that provides weekly music classes at childcare centers and preschools both in person and virtually.

Jocelyn combines her experience working with children at group time with her years studying the profound impact music and movement can have on children’s developing minds and bodies. This is what has lead her to creating Circle Time Success!

She is a frequent presenter at conferences for educators throughout the Pacific Northwest helping teachers take the overwhelm out of circle time by providing engaging activities and brain-based strategies that bring joy back to teaching.


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