For a few days, we are taking a detour from China to celebrate Valentine’s Day in music! In elementary school, Valentine’s Day is learning about friendships, working on manners, and celebrating the friends we have. Hearts, the colors pink, red, and white, and giving are all parts of the Valentine’s celebration of friends. I found a song called “Candy Hearts” by Rachel Rambach, a music therapist. I really liked her song and decided to change the lyrics to my Valentine’s activity wrote additional verses. In this music activity, students work on naming colors (red, white, or pink), recognizing peers by name, and working on their social skills. Students were reinforced to go to a peer, give a colored heart Valentine, and say “Happy Valentine’s Day.” Friends worked on responding with a “Thank you.”
The Bears, Elephants, Busy-Bees, Wranglers, and Ants were fantastic examples of givers and receivers! Some students independently said, “Happy Valentine’s Day” or “This is for you.” The Busy-Bees were awesome at independently saying “Thank you.” When one Bear student gave another student a Valentine, that Bear friend gave them theirs, the entire class exchanged Valentine’s. We had a great practice and preparation for the Valentine’s Day parties tomorrow!