I just took on a kindergarten position, I am excited, but getting thrown in midyear is overwhelming. On top of that, I'm a first year teacher! All of my experience (subbing, para, student teaching) is with 4th-6th grade, so kindergarten is going to be a learning experience, luckily I have a great group of kiddos to help me through it! I would love some advice from those who are much more experienced than me for my reading and math blocks. How would you structure a 90 minute reading block with kindergarteners? The previous teacher had them work in small groups (5 or 6 students per group.) The groups were the same students they sat with all day, and they were grouped by ability. While I realize it's easier to differentiate when they're grouped by ability, I have always preferred flexible grouping, so the higher students could help the lower students when they weren't sure how to do something, I've also found it helps with behavior problems. I would also prefer only 2-3 students per group, but like I said, my experience is with older students, so I would love input on this! I would also love suggestions for activities they could do at each station. I plan to keep the same stations for about a month, but I will probably change out one of the stations each week to focus on the specific skill we are working on. Again, I'm open to any suggestions you may have! Also, the principal has made it very clear he doesn't want them working on writing activities during the reading block (they have a separate hour-long writing block.) Our math block is one hour, it's the last hour of the day and the kids are always much more talkative and impatient by this time, so I would love suggestions on how to structure this hour to make it engaging and instructional. I forgot to mention, this is full day kindergarten!