When I start my year, I put all of my worries aside when my new friends enter the room for the first time and do all that I can to make them feel safe and in their new "home". One of the things I do is give them a scavenger hunt and set them free to work together and find some important items in the room. This is so much more effective than me giving these already overwhelmed children a structured tour. It is also a great conversation sparker when they take it home to their families.
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