I have a confession to make-I am not a fan of classroom Valentine exchanges. Don't throw things at me---the holiday itself is fine, I don't mind celebrating it in class with other activities, but when it comes to those little cards....that part drives me crazy. It takes forever for the kids to pass them out (most don't read all the names of their classmates yet) and then the worst part for me is the complaining: Johnny got a card with a lollipop, I didn't get that one, Mary has 20 cards, I only have 19! Ugh!
So we are doing something new this year. The children are making Valentines for a local nursing home. I sent it home as a homework assignment, they could make it any way they wanted to-glitter and lace, plain and simple-whatever. We're going to brighten someone else's day and I'm actually looking forward to tomorrow for once! :)