Hi. This is my first year teaching Pre-K in my elementary school. This is my 10th year of teaching, and I have taught every grade from K-3rd. This year, I have a Pre-K 4/5 year old class of 11 students. Originally, I was told that I would have an aide like the other two sections of preschool at my school. However, since my class size is small, the aide was pulled to another class and now I have no assistance. My question is this- Is there anyone else on here that doesn't have an aide in Pre-K? How do you manage small group instruction time? How do you handle assisting a child in the bathroom and leaving the rest of the class alone in the bigger area of the room? This has happened four times already and tomorrow is only the 4th day of school! How do you handle taking the kids outside for playtime, only to have a student tell you five minutes later that they need to use the bathroom (even after everyone just went before coming outside!) again. With no aide, I have to line everyone back up to go back inside to take that 1 child to the restroom. What do you do?? Also, the majority of my class has really impressed me so far in regards to following rules, sitting quietly at story time, playing so nicely together at playtime, eating and taking care of garbage/clean-up, and they clean up like champions when Free Play is over. However, I have one student that will not sit at the carpet for circle time. He wants to sit on my chair, or on my lap, or he will simply get up and wander around, take out toys, dump the food in the play kitchen, climb up the steps to the top of the loft area, in which case I tell him I will count backwards from 5 down to 0. When I reach 0, if hasn't listened to the teacher, he will have a time out. Usually, he's not even listening to me, even though I am at his level right in front of him and asked him to look at me. He won't stay in the time out chair. He goes and hides under the easel, or under a table. I also have jobs in my room and he feels he needs to do every job before the other person has a chance. Even after he gets in line, he will rush up to the front of the line to try to be the line leader. He will race to the light switch when I ask the actual lights helper to turn off the lights, etc. When he does decide to join the group, he just sits and makes loud growling and gurgling noises the entire time I'm teaching. ANY SUGGESTIONS?? I am going to try a behavior plan this week and see how it goes, but even the psychologist came in to observe this week and said he has issues. No kidding! Thanks in advance for your advice!