Hi, I'm new to posting to this forum, though I've been browsing and lurking the A to Z boards for a few years now. I finished my 3-6 Internship in May and I have just landed a job in Florida...as a lead teacher. I was very excited about it all until I realized that the responsibility of record keeping has fallen squarely on my shoulders. The method we used last year at the place I interned was a good idea that got out of hand and became very hard to handle. If you have found a way to observe children, and record the lessons they've received, the things they need help with, etc. please help me out. Also, I am supposed to think up a theme to teach the first month of school...when I was planing on doing intro to all the rules, etc. Thinking hard I came up with "Fish". Reason? First animal in the Botany lessons in Montessori and I could incorporate it into P.L with counters, sorting erasers, etc. In Culture I could introduce Land/air/water and parts of the fish. In Math I could use fish counters and fish silhouttes as Odds and Evens materials. Any more ideas?