Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love is in the Air

I teach nothing like I taught 18 years ago, but there are a few things that are still with me.  I believe it was my cooperating teacher during my student teaching experience who first made these elephant Valentine bags, and I've been making them since.  They're just cute is all and every one of them unique, which is the way I like it.



Here's a little something we do with conversation heart boxes.    After doing a graphing activity with them, their picture went into the little box's window, and a little love note to parents went inside.


How about these hats?  I apologize for not knowing where I found the idea.  


I'd love to thank Deb from Simply The Classroom for this next activity.  I wasn't going to post it, but then I read Scotty's letter.  It's pretty sweet.


Then there's the question of what to do with all those valentines.  I make mine into a book that the kids enjoy reading throughout the year.  I cannot take credit for the poem though.







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    1. Thanks Jennifer. I love your comments.

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  2. Love that idea of the valentine's made into a book for the students to read!! Scotty's letter was too sweet!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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    1. Lori, thanks again for coming by. I always look forward to hearing from you!

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  3. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    Laurie
    http://firstgradelyonsden.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Laurie. I love that you came by.

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  4. Just found your darling blog and became your newest follower! Love the elephant valentine bags!!
    Robynn
    BusyBees

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    1. Robynn, I'm thoroughly honored that you would think my blog is darling and would want to follow. I just found your blog and am following you. Thanks so much for dropping by!

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  5. What a cute idea about the book! I had never thought of that before and frankly, felt VERY guilty throwing out the valentines the kids gave me (at the end of the year of course, usually when I was summer cleaning for the next group!).
    Thanks for the great ideas! :)

    Chrissy
    Adventures in Second Grade

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    1. Chrissy, I'm so glad to have helped remove that guilt from your shoulders! :) Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment!

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  6. I love the book!
    I posted a video about how to make those boxes:) The students loved them. Smaller ones are cuter but hard to do art on.

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    1. Jill, I will definitely have to check it out. I love the artwork you do in your class. It inspires me! Thanks for coming by my blog.

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  7. The book idea is great! I had the students make books this year to post their own Valentine's in and they loved it! I can only imagine if they had a book to look in throughout the year!

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    1. That's a great idea to have the kids put their own valentines into books! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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  8. Love the Valentine book idea! I always hate "recycling" their valentines.
    Deb
    Simply The Classroom

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    1. Deb, thank you for stopping by, for leaving a nice comment, and for letting me steal your great idea as well!

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  9. Scotty's "love note" is my favorite! So sweet.

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  10. Tammy,

    These are some of the cutest Valentine's Day craftivities that I've seen! They are absolutely darling! :-) When I did my student-teaching, my cooperating teacher made a giant heart out of butcher paper and hung up all the valentines that she received and displayed it for the class to see. It was a great way for the kids to show off their valentines masterpieces! I love the idea of of making it into a book so that students can feel a sense of pride the whole-year through!

    Also, I wanted to let you know that I tagged you in a fun little bloggy tag game over on my page. Hop on over to check it out!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Chelsea
    http://divinginandmakingasplash.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Chelsea for leaving such a sweet comment! Thanks for the tag too. :)

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  11. Tammy - those adorable elephants are really great. I have been teaching for 18 years as well. Boy have we seen a lot of changes in the classroom..haven't we? Come by and visit me sometime. :o)
    http://traditionslaughterandhappilyeverafter.blogspot.com
    http://www.vickymoore2.com ~ Vicky :o)

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    1. Vicky, we sure have, and I imagine the next 18 will bring even more changes. Hmm, that would make me 58. I'm guessing I'll be retired by then. :)

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