(Quick recap...Monday starts my LTS assignment. I've been working in the room off and on -mostly on- for a month. My VERY-pregnant teacher is leaving Friday...and you can tell she is DONE! I'm doing the entire day myself -other than comments here and there. TODAY she tells me... you can change the furniture, you can change the room, in a few weeks you won't even remember me. Do it YOUR way..and you have the teacher next door [a 2/3 wall] if you need help. ....Last comment, this wasn't my choice grade. It's going well, but not something I have experience in.) Ok... So ..calendar is essential...but BORING as all get out. I HATE it...and the kids don't seem to like it too much either. One child is calendar boy/girl. They try to fill in the calendar...they take so long...and get so much help by those smarties who sit right at the calendar (while all the others zone out). Then they have to find the day names to fill in the chart. Today is WEDNESDAY. Yesterday was TUESDAY. Tomorrow will be THURSDAY. Then they ask the girls to stand up and magic wand them while they count the girls and do the same to the boys. Then they magic wand EVERYONE and put in the numbers. There are 6 girls today. There are 14 boys today. There are 20 children here today. Then they all read it. Then come the straws for counting. And then the money chart (coin names and values). SOMETIMES we sing days of the week and the months songs. And it's KILLING the day!!!!!!! 80% of the kids are not involved and either zoning out or poking each other. It's SO dull...and though we need to get this info in them...we have so much ELSE to do in the 2.5 hours that this is a HUGE waste of precious time. I hate to cancel it...after all-it's a rotating job, and I would sure like to do it everyday if it were MY job. But - yes sometimes it gets altered (shortened...and sometimes passed by). Not only by our side-but by the other's as well. Neither is quite sure HOW many straws there should be...it's a mess! I've seen it done elsewhere with slightly better results...but never done to keep ALL the kids engaged throughout. Considering this is the beginning of the day...and though we have enjoyable stuff later on...this is ZZzzzzzzzzzz. I want the kids pepped up and ready to go. (This screeches on the brakes!!) Any suggestions before I go out of my MIND??????