(Please excuse the crappy cell phone photos - I've done a really poor job taking photos in my classroom lately!)
Valentine marble paintings. The kids taped three heart cutouts onto white paper, then placed the paper into a copy paper box lid. Roll a marble or super ball into paint, placed the ball in the box lid and (carefully!) tip the box lid back and forth so the ball rolls around, making fun designs and tracks. When the paint dried, I traced around the heart cutouts with a sharpie before removing the cutouts to reveal the white hearts underneath! These turned out really cute and the kids had fun with it. Bonus: minimal mess as the paint stays in the box lid!
A 100-topping pizza for the 100th day of school! We have been counting the days of school every morning in circle time, using the standard straw place value bundling system and also tallying the days in our circle time notebooks. A couple of my higher kiddos are grasping the concept of counting by tens, so we had 10 topping types with 10 of each to make our 100-topping pizza!
Of course, we had pizza on the brain so I picked up a couple Papa Murphy's pizzas to bake for lunch as a special treat.
And of course, as my kids are pre-teens and teens, the highlight of their day was the all-school Valentine's dance. This year especially, they are becoming rather aware *ahem* of themselves and their friends in the way only pre-teens and teens can be...In my 9 years of teaching at my school, this was perhaps the closest I have ever experienced to a typical middle school or high school dance. Two "highlights" (if you can call it that):
-One student (girl) was dancing in her stander. As another student (boy) danced near her, she reached out for him. He didn't notice her, ignored her, whatever, and danced on by...She burst into tears until he came back to dance with her and then she was all smiles.
-Two students (boy and girl) were dancing together...a little too closely and suggestively to be appropriate...which I knew was deliberate. I had to play the part of a chaperone for the first time in my life and tell them to back off just a bit! (If you went to a parochial school growing up as I did, you'll get the reference "leave room for the Holy Spirit," won't you?)