By the time the children enter and announcements are done, we end up losing out on most of our first period. To combat this, I have a variety of different activities that my class does depending on the day...
This variety in their morning routine helps focus them immediately on entrance and keep them for the rest of the morning session.
- Mondays are journal time where they tell me about the weekend (easier than
trying to tell me in the hallway, trust me!)
- Tuesdays and Thursdays are a daily speeddrill in Mathematics (we do addition
to start, then subtraction, mixed etc.)
- Wednesdays are D.E.A.R. time(drop everything and read) and
- Fridays are Problem of the Week (I use the Quest2000 series for these, but
any math style word problem that makes them think is good).