So I'm new to 1st Grade this year (they should have a smilie doing the happy dance). I've started going over the curriculum. And I just think the people who make these guidelines have never actually taught. Here's the recommended breakdown: 90 min reading block + 45-60 minute language arts block (not entirely sure what the difference is there-usually that's writing but an hour's a long time even with writer's workshop) 90 min math block 45 min science 45 min social studies Bilingual teachers also have to do 45 ESL instruction oh yeah, there's also RTI-at least 30 minutes a day with those kids add in 1/2 hour for lunch, 50 mins for specials, 20 mins recess We start at 8:00 but do breakfast in the classroom-so the day can't get started before 8:15. Dismiss at 3:00 but have to start getting cleaned up and packed up at least 15 minutes before that-so that's another 1/2 hour of direct instruction lost. It just doesn't seem very realistic for the number of hours in a day. I'm really just complaining here-I'll make it work-I just think whoever comes up with those numbers isn't actually in the classroom, either that or they stink at math.