I feel like I am spending WAY too much time planning/prepping for my class, but still not accomplishing enough. I am a brand new teacher, and work for a half day, am paid hourly, but am literally spending every waking hour thinking about Kindergarten - and not sleeping at night because I can't stop obsessing! Did anyone else experience this when you first started out? Are there ways you have "streamlined" your Kindergarten class? I would love to hear some advice about things you've done that made your life easier/less stressful. I feel guilty that I have pulled away so much from family and friends due to my career switch, but also feel guilty that my Kindergarteners don't have the benefit of an experienced teacher. I am still struggling to balance several things: pushover vs. too strict, too much classwork vs. too much playtime, always encouraging mature behavior vs. showing a silly side. I think I tend a bit more toward the former than the latter on most of those. I know this is an extremely open-ended question, but any thoughts? Also, I am in the process of ordering supplies through the school's budget. Anything you'd recommend getting? Things you just couldn't live without? Again, I'm especially interested in things that help to "streamline" procedures and maximize time for education and playtime. Thanks in advance!!