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Hi, I am a 2nd year kinder teacher after having taught sped for several years. I really struggle with behavior in the afternoon. We aren't allowed another recess (besides lunch-recess from 11:00-11:45. By the afternoon (especially 2:00-3:30) the kids are simply nuts. I am contemplating a 'break' or 'relaxation time' in the afternoon for 10 minutes or so. They know we have Centers (play time) at 3:00 but many simply cannot hold it together the last hour or so. Any ideas? We don't do naps in Kinder at my school. Thanks!!!!
  • DonnaR/CA We also have a very long afternoon. To help, I break it up into smaller chunks. My afternoon looks like this: Calendar and Number of the Day Brain break and movement videos (see below) iPads and Number centers 35 minutes writing Recess (10 minutes...See More
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  • Amy K My kids eat lunch from 10:50 - 11:20 and our dismissal is at 3:00, so I know all about long afternoons with kinders. I have always had my play centers at the end of the day. This year, due to schedule changes I had to move the play time to earlie...See More
    Nov 14, 2016 report post
  • Flacka I agree with having a music and movement brain break. Even a quick 1-2 min. break between subjects or reading groups will help. If it's math time, count to 100 as you take 100 steps or change up the activity with each 10 (10 jumping jacks, ...See More
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  • Judy2/CA Do you use music in your classroom? I just bought some Hap Palmer CDs for my granddaughter. I used them in my kinder classroom and the kids loved them. They involve movement but do not get the kids "wound up. " The 2 I especialled like ...See More
    Nov 13, 2016 report post

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