Valentine Happiness

Happy POST Valentine's Day!

1) I hope everyone got a little extra chocolate, and a lot of extra hugs and kisses this week!
My smarties were very excited for 2/14 to arrive because it was the offical "Passing out of the Lollipop" brigade.  The student council at our school sells lollipops for 50 cents and the kids get to give them to their friends.  I must have had over a 100 lollipops for my students on my desk!

2) This week to brighten our mood before our winter break,
I asked the kids tell me 5 things they are loving in February.

I had to have them add the mustaches to their hearts.. ADORABLE!  They LOVE LOVE LOVE anything that is mustache related.  As you can see, many of them are into our SU basketball team which has the LONGEST home game win streak in the nation.... WOOT WOOT
What I really love is that the kids love their Youth Group.. ski club... SCHOOL! and the BIOGRAPHY unit I'm teaching.. who would have thought!  That was very exciting.  My middles go through a little slump mid-winter.  They don't want to do whole lot of work on their own, basically it feels like they lose their Stamina.. But my heart melts a little when I see these pieces.

3/4) We also wrote in our Communication Journals to our families.  We do this every Friday.  I give the kids prompts about their school week, and they write a friendly letter home to a parent.  The parent then writes back over the weekend.  It is such a great working memory.  I've had students who are graduating from high school and cleaning out their rooms tell me they found their CJs from sixth grade and read them.  AWESOME.
This month with all of the work we are doing in our biography unit, I figured I would add in a little more fun, so we did Farley's Currently!  I had my smarties fill one out, and then glue a blank one in for the parents. They got such a kick out of this!  In March, I'm going to have them do this again, and then write a paragraph about 3-4 of their choices.

5)  This has been spirit week at our school.  We needed a little pick me up mid winter and today was crazy sock day!  I love how this smartie dressed for the day! So cute!
and another of my "cutie pi's"
gave me a dozen cookies from the bakery her family owns! YUM!!

What did you love this week about your classroom?  Stop by and share!
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Enjoy your weekend!


  1. I love the idea of your kids doing the Currently. How fun!

  2. I LOVE your weekly journal ideas - I think my fifth graders would love it. It is an awesome way to keep parents involved and stems conversation on the weekends.

    Thanks for sharing such wonderful ideas :)

    Joy in the Journey

  3. I totally forgot about the idea to have my students fill our a currently! I am going to start this up! Thanks for the inspiration!

    The Frizz

    The Frizz in First Grade

    1. Your blog is adorable....I'm a coffee drinker too! I try to hit Dunkins at least 2 times a week before school (super early, so only 2 Those journals are to die for:) Love how you set them up and they look amazing:)

      4th Grade Frolics

  4. love that you used the currently with your kids! precious idea!

  5. Your blog is too cute!! I love it! I'm your newest follower. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Cute Currently journal idea. What a fun keepsake for the kids. I make my kids a photo album at the end of our year together. My first group of 2nd graders graduated from 6th grade last year and several of them had their photo albums out at as part of their display. It was such a warm fuzzy. :)
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

  7. I love how you used Farley's Currently. What a great idea!

    Extra Special Teaching

  8. My students have a Friday Journal and it's my favorite thing to do all week. I love how you added the Currently to yours - esp for the parents!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  9. Glad to have found your blog! I have never done the Currently with my class but may just try it - thanks for sharing!.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  10. WOW thanks for the shout-out :) I love how the families filled one out too!!! GREAT IDEA!!!


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