Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Valentine's Day

February is here!  Can't believe it.  Sounds so crazy, but the past month went by so quickly.

February is filled with so much activity, Groundhog's Day, Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, and the 100th day.  I know this month will go by even faster.

We had great fun with the Groundhog predictions.  We watched a video about groundhogs and then we made a simple craft from Mailbox.  Paper lunch bags with the tops rolled down became the "den" and the students colored a cute groundhog which was then glued inside to seem as though it was "peaking out."  Lastly they got to attach a sun or a cloud - matching their own prediction. 

Most of the class predicted that he "would" see his shadow.  Well, yesterday, Punsutawney Phil did not see his shadow.  Will we really have an early spring?  Time will tell.

Now to Valentine's day.  I love this holiday.  Some say it is too commercialized, and maybe that is true.  But the best Valentine's are the hand-made ones, if you ask me. 

This is one of my FAVORITE Valentine books.  Click here for more on the book.
Eve Bunting and Jan Brett together in this book - You know it has to be good!
The heart of the book, (pun intended) is witnessing the bears celebrate Valentine's Day for the very first time.  Of course, they are usually hibernating, so they miss it.  Mrs. Bear sets her alarm to get up early and set out all of her preparations.  Mr. Bear is terribly difficult to wake up.  Each year I enjoy the discussions about the various tactics used to wake him.  In the end, they celebrate with great treats, fun poems written for each other, and lots of happiness.
Encourage your students to create their own rhyming valentines for their families.  Stay tuned for some of our creations. 

Here are the Valentine bags we made to hold all of our goodies from each other.

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