Hello all! I am new to this site and forum and am in need of support/advice. I am currently teaching (from August) a class of 26 preschoolers ages 3-4. About 50% will attend Kinder next year and the other 50% will have another year of Pre-k. I have one aide. This is a half day, 5 days a week class. I am also a mother of 4 year old twin girls and working on my Masters in early ED. So after much struggle I have gotten most things down in class. We have a very set routine that looks like this: 8:15am-8:30am Welcome/Manipulatives 8:30-8:35am Clean up 8:35-8:50- Circle Time 8:50-9:30 Centers (3 play centers and two academic centers with teacher/aide) 9:30-9:35n Clean Up 9:35-9:45 Story Time 9:45-10:00 Snack 10:00-10:35 Recess 10:35-10:50- Bathroom break 10:50-11:05 Music and Movement 11:05- 11:15 Pack up This schedule is very similar to what the very successful teacher across the hall is doing, though she has older 4's. Some days are awesome where kids are listening and things go smoothly. Other days they are so loud and classroom management is out the window. For discipline we use a traffic light sytem but seem to affect them very much and I am not a big fan of the system anyway. How do you manage this many children in a highly academic preschool. I feel like I am consistent, firm and kind but yet I never know how our day will go.