In November we spend a lot of time in our classroom learning about the Native Americans, Pilgrims and the events that led up to the first Thanksgiving. We read books, examine artifacts, and discuss how the Native Americans helped the Pilgrims. At the easel the children paint their own teepees incorporating Native American symbols they learned. Not only does this activity reinforce what we are teaching, but it gives each child a chance to express their point of view. Each painting is unique, and when they are all hung together in the classroom it shows a wide range of ability and individuality.