I always find that no matter how much I plan, I always end up with awkward down-time during week 1. I'm trying to come up with a list of down-time activities that are appropriate for kindergarten/first grade. So far I have: Read a book at your desk from seat sack. Pick a partner and do a puzzle. Practice writing your name. Write in your journals. Play a game. Watch School House Rock Color to music. Is there anything you can add to this list? The more independent the activity, the better.