I taught 1st gr. Abeka for 6 years. (teaching k5 now
) Abeka is really set up to be an all day thing, meaning that there shouldn't be much room for extra activities. So, you will have to rearrange your day if you want to have them doing other things. In the beginning the seatwork is light for them, so there will be some that will finish pretty quickly. Then they could enjoy the other things you have for them. I always found a way to get the reading groups done in the morning so there would be time for everything else in the afternoon. Also, my students left my room for special classes 30 min. before lunch at 12:00. Will you have to grade the seat work? That should determine how much of your day you will want them to focus on it.
My day went like this:
7:00-8:00 arrival, seatwork,restroom
8:05 roll call/students prep for devotion
8:15-8:40 Bible lesson/devotion
8:45-9:30 reading groups/seatwork
9:35-11:00 phonics,arithmetic,writing,spel ling
sometimes we would start closer to 10:00, if the kids did a break 1st. also, I would let their morning restroom break happen during reading groups most of the time
11:00-11:20 finish writing sheet/seatwork/poetry
11:30-they leave for special class
12:30-2:00 science, history, art, singing, any of those things in the activities section. And also, clean up, prep for the next day
In the beginning the 1st graders were used to reading the seatwork off the board, but, gradually I trained them to have a check sheet at their desk with the seat work written on it. This left me more board space.
They were always allowed to do fun activities in the p.m, even if their seatwork wasn't done. I would just let them do it for homework
I hope this will be of some help to you!