Happy Heart Day!

Hey there! I'm sure by now everyone has settled down from the craziness that is a classroom holiday party. Thankfully our district always schedules teacher PD for the afternoon of our Valentine's Day party.  This means that we get to 'sugar up' all the kiddos and send them home:)  This day always gives our parents a new appreciation of our day-to-day lives inside a second grade classroom.  

I thought I would give you a little glimpse of what we do during our three hours of school on Valentine's Day. We spend the first hour and a half, creating a little memory book.  The memory book is simply blank pages and the kiddos go around and write one sentence on everyone's page.  This sentence tells them one thing they like about them.  Just a positive affirmation if you will. They get to bring these home.  Sadly, I forgot to take pictures of any of them.

During this time, they also take turns passing out their valentines and treats.  We provide the kiddos with empty vegetable cans from our school cafeteria, cleaned out of course.  They get about a week to decorate the cans at home however they choose.  Some kiddos come back with the same cans and a few stickers added, some are spray painted and glittered up, and then some come back 'Pinterest perfect'.  Here are a couple of those from this year.

During the actual 'party' the students have 4 stations to rotate through.  During one station, they play Valentine's Day JINGO. I just use the game that can be purchased at teacher supply stores. They get to open up and read all of their valentines during another station. At the third station, they decorate a picture frame that they had previously painted white. The frames are made out of 4 large craft sticks that have been hot-glued together.  We also take their pictures ahead of time. Today, they glue their picture to the back and decorate the frame with foam hearts.

Last, but certainly not least, is the chocolate fountain! This is something they look so forward to! You can even see the excitement and longing on the faces of the first graders on the morning of the party as they walk by.  We set the chocolate fountain and all the fixins' in the hall.  All three second grade classes contribute and share the goodies. I wish I could say that I enjoy the fountain and goodies myself but the overwhelming smell of chocolate all morning somehow has a reverse effect on me.  It's probably better that way!

There you  have it! It is a quick three hours with the kiddos but so exhausting all at the same time.  I hope your celebrations went well and you are now enjoying a nice relaxing weekend!

1 comment:

  1. What a fun celebration day!! And love those Valentine boxes!