My first posts will show how I start my year - building community, establishing procedures, promoting life-long friendships and a love of learning while integrating those ever-present state standards with FUN, FUN, FUN! As of now, I've posted pictures from previous years to show how my students learn painting procedures. We do this activity the first day of school and use the finished "story map" throughout the rest of the week! I know what you are thinking - she's NUTS, but I promise this goes very well. The kiddos are so excited to get to paint that no one wants to risk having their paint brush taken away. As you can see, the children begin the year working together to complete a task, cooperating with their neighbors and feeling a sense of accomplishment!