One of our favorite daily routines is calendar time. Important math concepts are practiced each day. Each student has many turns throughout the year to be the teacher and lead calendar time. Students lead the class in counting the days in the month, tell the date, tally the weather and temperature, and the all important questions of the day, "Did anyone lose a tooth?" and "Is it anyone's birthday?"
The students build confidence and speaking skills by leading the class in this routine. It has been amazing to see some of the shyest students in the beginning of the year now teaching their classmates!