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    morning work
    By Lisa L

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    It does originally sound like a lot of work to independently, but it is not as bad as it sounds. I do teach in a very academic district in Texas. So it is right up their alley. D.I. stands for direct instruction. It is one of two reading programs that we have to incorporate into our day. We are required to do it in the morning. I dont feel as though it is busy work; as long as we go over it and it is the skills they are working on for the six weeks. Sometimes we may skip the morning work and I allow them to do workstations(computer,ABC center, books, all the usual).I attempted to do workstations during that time, all the time, but it was too distracting. I found that this works best for my class.(of course, it differs every year). We do have many workstations set up around the room and they work there when they finish early and on Fridays when I do my weekly testing. It is a good reinforcer. We do calendar, word wall review, and workstation discussion after that. It is tough to get in everything in just a 7 hour day(minus lunch, specials, etc.) I try to make sure I give them their social time, and I encourage talking. Kindergarten just isnt what it was when I was growing up. Now it is more like first grade.

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