1) Math- During the first couple of days I love to do a pattern activity with the kids. For this activity I use adding machine tape and 2x2 squares of various colors of construction paper. I randomly pair kids off and have them make a pattern on their strip. I love this idea for many reasons- first it shows you real quick who works well with others and who may need some guidance working with others and of course it shows their skill of patterning. Together with their partner they must come up with a pattern, choose the colors and glue the pieces down. I love to walk around and observe the kids interacting with each other and working together to accomplish a task.