Chaotic.  Frenzied.  Loud.  Yep, my mornings used to start out like that too.  As it turns out, that's not a great way to start the day in elementary school classroom!  I was frantically trying to get attendance and lunch count done (please don't call my room again - I'm sorry I forgot to send it!).  Meanwhile, my students are trying to tell me their fish died...they saw a cool bug...their grandmother is picking them up...and everything in between.  It. Was. Not. Working.

We needed routine STAT!
Creating a morning routine for kids in the classroom can make all the difference!  This post shares ways to organize your elementary school classroom to optimize that busy time of the day.
First up, create visuals for the students.  Especially with the younger kids, being able to see a picture to associate with the words goes a long way.  I hang these posters in a prominent place in the classroom where the students can easily see them as they enter each morning.
Creating a morning routine for kids in the classroom can make all the difference!  This post shares ways to organize your elementary school classroom to optimize that busy time of the day.
Next, we needed a system.  A place to turn in notes.  A place to choose their lunch.  A place to put their completed homework.  All labeled and easy to see.  Again, visuals are helpful.  Click here to grab the bin labels for free!
Creating a morning routine for kids in the classroom can make all the difference!  This post shares ways to organize your elementary school classroom to optimize that busy time of the day.
And now, we practice.  And then practice some more.  And then practice even more after that!  I realized the more we went over the routine in September, the smoother the rest of the year went.  We revisit the routine about once a month (especially after vacations) or whenever I start to see my kids fall out of sync.

As you can see in the posters above, I always have something for my students to work on when they get to their seats.  I use morning journals.  I put one together for each student at the beginning of the month and the students keep them in their work folder in their desks.  It simplifies my life, since I don't need to worry about morning work every day.   It's a great way for them to get extra creative writing practice as well.
Creating a morning routine for kids in the classroom can make all the difference!  This post shares ways to organize your elementary school classroom to optimize that busy time of the day.
Once we get our routine down, our mornings run SO much smoother.   It's a wonderful way to ease into the day and get started on the right foot.
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