For the past 2 years, I taught pre-K and I was very fortunate to have an aide in my room. During small group time, I would work with a group, she was with another, and the last few children would be set up at an independent table. However, I know it K things are much more independent (AND no aide this year obviously!) School starts for me on Monday and I am beginning to freak out! This will be my first year teaching K. I am so stressed on how to run small groups. While I am doing guided reading groups, I know my students will need to be in small groups working independently at other stations. I would love to use some form of the Daily 5 however that is not really an option for me right now, as my school has a very limited collection of books. Anyways, My question is…how do you do this during the first week? How do you introduce the concept of “When I’m working with a group of students, you’ll be completing a tak independently”? The kids aren’t going to come in being “independent” obviously. So how do you introduce what the other children will be doing while you’re working with the small group. Do you explain it in a whole group setting (i.e this table with be doing this, this table will be doing that, etc) Mid-year I see this working out very well. Kids will know the routine…I’m just concerned about how you get it started. That 1st or 2nd day of school, how do you explain that they will need to stay in their groups and work independently? Lastly, Do you assign your kids specific tasks (i.e. Students in the “Word Work” group with be completing this exact activity….or do you allow them to choose the “word work” station and then choose from a variety of “Word Work” activities?