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!

TIP #1 ‘Rise & Shine’ with Morning Message Slides

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 using these Morning Message Slides will transform your mornings!

Morning Routines

Here are more great Morning Work Editable Slides to checkout!

TIP #2 Use Music for Transitions

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.


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


You will find even more Morning Work Editable Slides in my Free Resource Library!


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

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My name is Peggy Means. I am a child of God and a retired elementary teacher. I loved teaching and creating engaging resources for my students. Now, I love sharing my resources and ideas with busy teachers around the world.

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