I have lots of ideas.... tell me what you think: birthdays- the b-day kid decorates a crown. The kids color and write a birthday page for the birthday book. The birthday book will be construction paper connected with binder rings, so it will be easy to make. At the end of the day we read the book together and sing happy birthday! Snack- during their snack we will play a game of some kind or hear a story. This will keep snack relatively short and include some learning. Morning Message- I was going to do math tubs but it seems to cumbersome to set up and check. Instead we will do the morning message suggested by the responsive classroom which will be something like this to read: "Today is Wednesday, September 3rd. Today Jack and Ryan are the helpers. How many letters are in your name?" Below that each child answers the question. Then we read them together as shared reading and discuss it at morning meeting. We could also graph the answers on a regular basis. They would get harder as the year goes on. Other than that, I am just going to follow the curriculum for reading, writing, phonics and math.... I am going to do learning partners. The kids will read with that person during partner reading and do other things with them as needed. How does this sound?? Remember, I am coming from third/fourth grade!