I am working on a schedule for next year. Our kindergarten "specials" time has been moved to the morning. I have always started with a Morning Message and then right after Whole Group Reading and Literacy Centers. I was able to finish all that before lunch. Now I will not have enough time. So, I was thinking about starting with Mathematics. My recess time has not been confirmed yet, I am just using it as an example. I can always work around recess!
There was one problem-when to do Morning Message? But, mom solved it! Instead of doing it in the morning, we will do a "Daily Review" right before dismissal. That way we can review the day, write about things we learned, review skills ("list 3 words that begin with the letter m", or "How do we spell the?") I did this my very first year of teaching, except I wrote the students' responses in a composition book that was carefully covered with country blue contact paper. Good idea, but the presentation was all kinds of wrong.
Here are two possible schedules:
Mathematics in the Morning
Reading in the Morning and after Lunch
Have you ever done Mathematics first?