“Valentine’s Day” by Anne Rockwell was a heartwarming read-aloud about making extra-special valentines for those we care about, from home-made valentines boxes to doing Valentine’s Day craft projects. It is a gem of a book that lets students explore what it means to be a friend.
“Hickory Dickory Dock” and “Five Little Valentines” were the nursery rhymes students learned last week. They also had so much fun creating “Roy Rabbit” to help remember that the word “rabbit” starts with the Letter R.
The students also made beautiful memories creating heart-shaped baskets for the valentines cards they expected to receive from their classmates and friends. During this activity, the whole class sat in a big circle and talked about the many ways to say “I love you!” inspired by the Scholastic Reader. They learned, for instance, that you could say “I love you!” in so many ways such as:
- You can say it with words. Your turn! Say “I love you!”
- You can say it with your hands. Your turn! Try sign language.
- You can say it with a kiss. Your turn! Try blowing a kiss.
- You can send it in an email! Your turn! Find the letters L-O-V-E.
- You can say it with a song. Sing a love song.
While still sitting in a circle, they took turns giving their valentines to their friends. “I have a surprise for you!” Camille said as she handed her valentine hidden behind her back to Nischal. Everyone was so happy to receive their valentines cards and treats from their friends!