At my school dismissal is officially at 3:45pm. But we dismiss our carpoolers to go the the gym around 3:30pm. Sometimes 3:35pm. I'm never sure what time it will be. This means that half of my class is gone around this time and I'm left with the remaining monsters.
Don't get me wrong, I love my kids. But after the bus/day care students see the carpoolers leave they are monsters.
They are done. You can't do anything with them.
It is a battle every single day to keep them sitting and quiet.
One day this year I gave them miniature clocks to practice with. This went well. But when their buses were called at 3:45 they started throwing them. And this math maniac is extremely particular about her math gear.
Another day I let them read, but then they started lining the books up from ugliest storybook character to prettiest. This wasn't exactly a model of all of the character education I've been pounding into them . . . .
Does any one have any suggestions for what I could do with them that does not create a mess, is silent, and requires NO prep work or direction on my part? Because lets be honest, after the carpoolers leave I become a monster too.