Ok, I taught that yoga class. :)
And then, finally, we have our own circle time.
Now, circle time in general is just a set aside time for these activities.
At home, the circle consists of -- singing the song to bring us into a circle (let us make a circle, let us make it now, let us make a circle, let us make it now). Then, we do some movement songs/verses (I'm a little tea pot; the train song, itsy bitsy spider). Then, we do our story time. Then it's a snack. After the snack, DS goes back to free play. We do this 2-3 days a week, with the same seasonal story.
The same is true of pretty much everywhere else. The playgroup has free play, circle time that leads to fruit picnic, then free play, then a second time indoors (story time then morning tea), and then free play indoors. The yoga class is essentially free play (children enter the space gently), then the circle song to bring us into the circle, then the story, then the movement with the story (story is repeated), and then relaxation, then games/verses, and then free play again.
Now, DS is in a changing space, which is to say he's transitioning from "toddler" to "little child" ("preschoolers" or "kindies" they call them here). The playgroup is designed for toddlers and babies. The yoga class for toddlers and little children. At home, it's where ever he is at that moment.
I don't think that it has to be too over thought or formed or what have you. Like i said, I make origami for the puppets, or even use something very simple like a clothes pin person which I use over and over with different names. I have two larger and two smaller clothes pin people, and sometimes a large one is a farmer and the small one is a little girl, but the same clothes pin is grandma in the next story and so on. I actually do not put a whole lot of effort into it. LOL Perhaps I'm lazy, but really, I think i'm just busy.
Does this answer the quesitons?