Cards for Kindness! Spreading Sweetness on Valentine’s Day :)

Have I told you lately that I adore my little first graders? They are so sweet! Once in awhile you get a class that is a step above others when it comes to treating each other. They encourage one another, share with one another, motivate each other, and just genuinely want to see their peers succeed in our classroom. 
To me, Valentine’s Day is a holiday dedicated to caring for others. An opportunity to go out of your way to show friends, family, and others that you appreciate them and love them!  I think that in the midst of candy overload and parties for our kids, it’s important to take some time to teach them how to care for others.  I’ve linked up with The Teaching Tribune for a special linky party: Cards for Kindness!
For this project, students and children everywhere are encouraged to make cards for people in need or those who might need an extra smile this Valentine’s Day.  We decided to make cards for the nursing home in the community where I teach.  My students were SO happy to do this for others! One little boy shouted “They are going to just LOVE these cards!”  πŸ™‚
I did not give them any directions for these cards. I literally threw a bunch of paper and stickers onto my small group table, wrote the words Happy Valentine’s Day on the board, and said “Go! Have fun!”  I loved letting them do their own thing and be creative in their own individual ways. πŸ™‚
Here are some pictures from our card making party! 

Do you know of an organization in your teaching community, a special family, or a person who could use some extra smiles and kindness on Friday? This is a super sweet project that does not take a lot of time and leaves a BIG impression on your students. πŸ™‚  We would love for you to link up with us over at the The Teaching Tribune! Click the button below to head over and learn more! πŸ™‚ It will be available until February 23rd. πŸ™‚ Just snap some pictures of your cards and link up with us! πŸ™‚

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