We start our school year off with staggered entry having half the class come the first day, half the class come the second day and then the entire group comes together for the third.
This way we can connect with the children in smaller groups and focus even more of our attention on them as they learn the layout and routines of a new classroom.
The first few days we are always paying close attention to the flow of the room and how the children are accessing the materials. How is our layout working?
We are also learning their personalities. How are they getting along with each other?
We are having conversations, we are listening and we are watching their play.