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    writing in the pm
    By BookMuncher

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    Is there any way you could trade to writing in the morning and reading after lunch? Writing is way more strenuous, and really, for the first half of the year, it's writing that is teaching them to read and sound out words.

    If not, I suggest that you just compact your curriculum a little and infuse more read alouds. We take read aloud breaks between subjects in the afternoon. It's like everyone breathes a sigh of relief and when it's over they are refreshed. This is because read alouds are a quiet time in my room-- I turn off the lights and read under a lamp. The kids get to enjoy a good book and talk to each other about it. It's not like taking a music break (we do those in the morning) b/c it doesn't wind them up.

    It's only my personal opinion, but I think we expect too much of first graders. Our curriculums are so demanding, and for the first half of the year, they are still babies. They need to be in a joyful learning atmosphere.

    Good luck with it!! :D

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