We had our Valentine’s party at school on Friday. One of my students very carefully, and in great detail, explained to his classmates why we had to have it Friday instead of Saturday. He was so proud of his knowledge, both of the dates, and the facts. One of his little peers just didn’t get the whole 13th vs. 14th thing. She didn’t care what the date was as long as we were having a party. Another asked if he could have a party on Saturday at home. My fountain of knowledge assured him that it was okay. There is a difference between a school party and a home party- he could even have it at Chuckee Cheese if he wanted to- he informed him.
My little ones cleaned the room and decorated their desks. They exchanged their valentines and read them to each other. It was not only wonderful to hear them read, but to hear them help each other read. Some even went around the room and said “thank you”. I was so proud. Of course there were some confused students. One came up to my desk and asked, “Can you read that L-word for me Mrs. Maurer?” “Sure, hon.” I looked at the word beneath her pointer finger. “That’s Constance.” Apparently we still have some alphabet recognition work to do!!
Several of my moms came to help with the party. They are so good. They bring treats and pour drinks and answer questions and pass out goodies and clean up spills. I don’t know what I would do without them on party days.
We had more cupcakes, cookies, chocolate, and hearts than any child could possibly eat, so we took home bags of extras. I was so pleased to hear my students say “I’m taking this home to my sister (mom, brother, etc.).” Not one of them said they would eat it later.
I got lots of little cards and goodies. I even got a pot of tulips. My children are always so delighted to give me a gift and some are very creative. One of my little girls made foam hearts for each student and one for me that said “#1 Teacher”. She told me that she and her grandmother made them together. Just that image was wonderful! I remember making things with my grandmother. And I always get gum and chocolate and hand lotion and little statues for holidays. My parents are quick to notice the things that decorate my room and to understand my appreciation of chocolate for any and all occasions!
My daughter commented about candy and jewelry and flowers in her blog. Appreciated when they are given in the right spirit- but so easy to buy- especially for husbands and boyfriends. WalMart and other stores had everything right by the check-out area yesterday. You’d have to be a moron to forget to buy something. But I don’t need those things to remind me that I am loved. A genuine “I love you” is sufficient. And twenty smiling faces? Pure joy!