Re-vamping Valentine’s (38 out of 365) #blogaday

Since it is Valentine’s day, it is important that we all be the ones we love. I wanted to stay true to the blog a day but didn’t want to take up much of the couple time. This post was a fun twist on Valentine’s day with books, and it stood out to me – enjoy 🙂

Nerdy Book Club

Happy Valentine’s Day Nerdy Nation!  When I was awarded the Valentine’s Day post here at Nerdy, I instantly began building a list of my all time favorite kissy books.  When I was awarded the Valentine’s Day post here at Nerdy I started thinking about love and books, books and love.  And since nothing says love for books like arguing over good books, I, along with some of my friends, am inviting you to participate in March Book Madness.  What is March Book Madness?  It is kind of like the massive college basketball tournament that happens every year.  Instead of Kentucky facing Duke in a game you may get The One and Only Ivan battling Diary of a Wimpy Kid, or Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus matching up against I Want My Hat Back, or The Fault in Our Stars trying to crush Divergent.

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A Variation on Valentine’s Day (30 out of 365) #blogaday

Many elementary schools around the area incorporate Valentine boxes into the classroom environment. The children decorate a cereal/shoe box and win prizes for “the most romantic,” “the most creative,” etc. The students in my winter practicum class are involved in this contest as well, and their boxes are all so inventive! For example, one is like a palm tree, one with a ring toss, one like a love boat, and one like a ladybug. Not all of the students have brought their boxes into the classroom yet, but I look forward to seeing what the rest come up with 🙂 I bought supplies for my box yesterday and I can’t wait to decorate it tomorrow. I’m making a dog Valentine box with floppy ears and a name tag saying “Miss Hannah.” I remember that we used to just have paper bags hanging off our desks to put our Valentine cards in. I think the fun boxes is a MUCH BETTER option. I really like that schools are encouraging the children to be creative and artsy with Valentine’s Day, rather than just stuffing all the cards in a bag without really thinking about them. The students in the fifth grade class are so proud of their boxes and enjoy seeing everyone’s ideas. I look forward to having my students make boxes around this time as well – even if the school I work at doesn’t have a competition, I still want to incorporate something fun that involves the students’ passion and creativity! It is important for children to show their artistic sides in a way that doesn’t directly relate to school content.

(DISCLAIMER: the boxes below are not from my class, just examples I liked online)

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