You have a challenging teaching assignment. I recommend you teach reading to first graders and kindergarteners in the morning when you have an assistant. While you work with small groups, your assistant can circulate and provide help and supervision with writing or drawing. For the last two hours of the day, plan whole group activities like science experiments, nature walks, and read-alouds and free play/choice time at centers. Do your students take a rest or nap after lunch? A rest will likely make the afternoon go more smoothly. So maybe a schedule that involves read-aloud, rest/nap, whole group activity, followed by choice time. While students are napping you might want to fill backpacks and get coats, etc., ready, so later on it will be easier to get students ready to go home. Let me know what happens. I'm interested.
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