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2 Tips to Tame the Morning Chaos

Don't you just love this picture?!
Look at their enthusiasm ...
... their determination ...
... their speed ...
... their joy ...
all coming into YOUR classroom!

After years of frustration with the chaos of my mornings with the students,
I found 2 routines that tamed - not squelched - tamed and directed ...
... their determination ...
... their speed ...
... their joy ...
as they come into YOUR classroom!
I call it "Rise & Shine" because that's what I want the students to do...
rise to the challenges of the day ...
and shine with their best!

It is PowerPoint slide that you project every morning as the students arrive.  They can quickly see what they need to do to prepare for the day - and you have a few moments to take roll, lunch count, or any other morning responsibilities that you may have.
This really transformed my mornings!  Now the students were self-directed and productive!
And it was a snap for me to create every day - much easier - and cuter - than writing it on the whiteboard every day.

If you would like to give this a try - 
you can download it - 
for free!
I made the slides editable so you can add what you need to for each new day!
I think it will make your mornings so much easier!
Morning Routines

There is just something wonderful about music and the effect it has on us!
I found that music playing as the students enter the classroom helps them 
transition and refocus their attention!
I have a morning playlist with a variety of tempos:
Quiet music on Mondays when their energy is high.
Lively music for the Fridays (and the day after a field trip).
Variety of tempos in between.

I hope these 2 tips will help you 'tame the morning chaos'!


Great tips to tame the morning chaos and channel all that enthusiasm into learning!

Primary Flourish


  1. I love these ideas Peggy! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Thank you, Vicky! Have you tried the morning powerpoint slide?