Universal breakfast* for the first 20 minutes of the instructional day. 25 minutes later we had to be in the MP room for an awards assembly, by the time it was over it was a half an hour until lunch time. Forty minutes after lunch we had Music and then we rounded out the end of the day by counting and gluing 100 Cheerios onto a hundreds chart followed by their class reward ice cream party.
It’s hard for kindergarten kids to sit on the floor for close to an hour while other kids are getting awards and they aren’t. I probably had 10 kids decide they had to go to the bathroom during the assembly. Then there’s the ones bothering the rest of the kids. I had to move three of them to sit next to me. One of those thought he was in trouble and had a meltdown. Loudly. Two kids had 101 fevers shortly after lunch and went home.
Oh, and I re-arranged the room and seating assignments Thursday night after school, so THAT created a lot of chaos. They don’t take to change well.
*Universal breakfast- free breakfast for all children, every day. We are a Title One school and someone thought this would be a good idea. Usually the breakfast consists of 4 items, BUT they have to take all or nothing. Last year kindergarten was allowed to eat theirs in the Lunch room. This year we have to take it to the classroom like everyone else. The carpet in my room is ruined. There is some kind of spill EVERY DAY. And the breakfasts are boring. The same things over and over again. Nutritious breakfast bars that taste like sawdust, raisins, canned fruit, apples (at least they finally started giving them pre-cut apple slices), cereal with little or no sugar (because they are all about HEALTHY) cinnamon rolls, hummm, that about it, oh, yeah, string cheese, but I haven’t seen any of them for awhile)