I spoke with our first grade teacher about what they would want the kids coming in knowing. They said they want them to know the groups they belong to and how they are a part of something larger. This reminded me of some activities I have seen where they start with a small circle and get larger as the group does. Our principal also said that this is the time the holidays are covered (we are in a Catholic school so celebrating the holidays is common place). This also goes toward my circle concept--how the holidays came to our country and trickle down to affect them. I then am going to have them create their own text book through out the year.
Each section has a title page, and it is labeled with the circle in the correct side.
Through out the entire year, when we do something that fits into one of those sections we discuss what section it belongs to and then put it in there.