Will you be my Valentine?

Valentine’s Day is here!! The special day is always an exciting occasion for children, filled with creativity, joy, and expressions of friendship. As each child entered the classroom with anticipation, their uniquely decorated Valentine’s boxes added excitement and charm to the day. From a flamingo to a taco and everything in between, the diversity of ideas and designs reflects each child’s personality and interests. Witnessing their enthusiasm and creativity as they shared their creations with their classmates and teachers was heartwarming. As the children exchanged Valentine’s cards and treats throughout the day, they were invited to eat some sweet treats and explore a few Valentine’s games! 

After reading the story The Best Thing About Valentines by Eleanor Hudson, the children shared what they thought was the best thing about Valentine’s Day:

“Saying I love you.” -Griffin and Cora

“Passing out Valentines.” -Caston

“Giving People treat bags.” – Gemma

“Hearts.” -Mia 

“Lollipops” -Savannah

“Giving people hugs” -Hudson

“Writing people valentine notes.”- Dermot 

In science, Miss Britany kept the love theme going and taught a lesson on heartbeats. She used a cup of water with a balloon on the top and attached the cups with a bent straw. The children then pumped the balloon to transfer the water into the other cup to represent how our heart circulates the blood. She also gave them a marshmallow with a toothpick poked inside. The children placed it on their wrists while they observed their pulse. 

Also, this week, we returned to our how-to series and answered Mia’s question, “how do you use an apple cutter?” We thought this would be a great way to introduce simple fractions. The children were invited to explore pieces of magnetic apples. Then, the children had to find the exact color of a piece of apple to make it a whole apple. As a group, we worked together to write the fractions. For our next math activity, we used solo cups and a small object to delve into positional words such as on/off, left/right, up/down, and front/back.  

Our week was filled with valuable learning experiences, outdoor enjoyment, and meaningful discussions about kindness. Because the groundhog didn’t see its shadow, we thought we were in the clear for warm weather. Stay warm this weekend!