Happy Valentine’s Day! Younger students celebrated in music by giving paper heart Valentine’s to friends. Click here to read and watch the “To A Friend on Valentine’s Day” music activity. Upper elementary students celebrated by naming Valentine’s presents they are giving. In “On Valentine’s Day” music activity, students worked on taking turns, sharing their ideas, staying on topic, language formulation skills (access and organize information to express it), communicating what has been processed, listening skills, and responding when appropriate. The Mustangs shared the gifts they were giving their classmates today, ranging from “annoying orange pictures” to “lollipops.” They demonstrated great listening skills, communication skills, and on-topic skills. I love their spontaneous group hug at the end of the music activity. 🙂
Last week, I did “On Valentine’s Day” music activity with the All-Stars, Kangaroos, and Fireflies classes. We talked about giving Valentine’s presents and they had some new and familiar Valentine’s present ideas. T. All-Stars: “Cowboy hugs.” N. All-Stars: “Cupcakes!” S. All-Stars “Smiles!” J. Kangaroos: “Mermaids!” N. Kangaroos: “Cars!” L. Kangaroos: “Flowers!” P. Fireflies: “I’m gonna give candy.” K. Fireflies: “Princess dress.” Some of their ideas were related to the type of Valentine’s cards they were giving out. They are all great presents to give and receive!
I enjoyed the Valentine’s Day parties, eating sweets and having nice conversations with parents and students. The parties were more elaborate than I remembered: parents reading stories, crafts, games, trays of delicious sweets, and students giving out goody bags with candy, cards, and cool Valentine swag. I recall giving cards to friends and having cupcakes with the class. A great first Texas Valentine’s Day!