My class was excited for Valentine's Day. A week before our Valentine's Card Exchange, I sent home a note to the parents with a list of all the student's names for the students to make valentines for their classmates. I had valentines coming in the next day! The entire week leading up to the exchange, the students could only talk about the cards they were making.
Finally Friday was here and we exchanged the valentines. The students had decorated bags for their cards. I gave them a white paper bag and let them use markers to decorate. There was a peaceful moment as the class was decorating their bags. Some students were talking quietly and some were not talking at all. I allowed them to take as long as they wanted to color the bags.
I also had the students make a tissue paper heart. The students cut out a heart and glued pink, red, and purple tissue paper to the heart. We were also learning symmetry that week and I had the students create another heart that was symmetrical. We had a quiet morning as the students worked hard on their work. I had a thought that we should have more morning like this where the students can relax and work at their own pace. Some mornings, I feel we do too much and the students never have a time to just sit back and relax.
When it was time the students to pass out their cards, I handed each one their pile to pass out. The class was so excited to receive cards from their friends. I had students helping each other pass out cards. I let them go through their bags for a short amount of time. I didn't want them to mix up their cards with their friends at their tables too much.
Now when I'm looking back on Friday, I think I had one of those "a little goes a long way" moments. I didn't go overboard with the Valentine's activities but I feel that the students had just as much fun, if not more, than if we had done a big Valentine's party. We had a simple Valentine's Day where the students truly cared about each other. That's what Valentine's Day is all about!