Valentine Day Activities
Linda: Our school and district encourage us to keep all holiday celebrations low-key. We make every attempt to work on academic skills using worksheets and activities with heart designs - many of which we have either made ourselves or purchased from other teachers.
Lisa: We use the last 30 minutes of the day for a small party with healthy treats sent in by the parents - no sugary candy. Really - on Valentine's Day there can be no chocolate candy! The children love to pass out Valentine cards to each other and in the past we have done a variety of methods for getting them to write their classmates' names on the envelopes:
♥ We gave each child a list of the class's first names to take
home for addressing the envelopes. Guess what happened?
The parents wrote the names in cursive and no one could
read the envelopes when it came time to pass them out!
♥ We set up one of our literacy stations for writing the
names on the envelopes, about 5 - 6 envelopes a day. Can
you guess what went wrong with this great idea? Lots of
things! Some children were absent too much; some
children still didn't finish; some mixed up their cards with
other children; and some children never brought in their
cards until the last day!
♥ So now we have the children bring in their Valentine cards
without any names on the envelopes! We sit in a large
circle and two children at a time pass out a card to
everyone in the class. No more issues with name reading!
No more issues with missing cards! No more issues with
time constraints! Everyone's happy and everyone takes
home a big bundle of cards!
A fun freebie!
Our students love to play Roll-Read-Keep and ask to play it over and over! They take a die and a board with word cards and play with 2 - 4 friends.
They place the word cards face down, roll the die, and attempt to read the word in the corresponding space. If they can they get to keep the card.
There really aren't any losers because if someone doesn't know the word right away, the others shout it out!
We have the boards and word cards available as a freebie in our store at Teachers Pay Teachers. Download Roll - Read - Keep and get ready for some fun!