As you know, I am a children’s book addict. As crazy as this sounds, I tie books into almost every aspect of my life. I didn’t really realize it until I started this blog. All of a sudden I became very aware of my obsession with children’s books. I use them to decorate my home, spring boards for gifts, crafts, dinners…you name it. So, I decided to start a series here called Book Love. I’ll be sharing creative projects, meals, (sometimes printables) etc. that go along with a children’s book. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. It is one of my new projects for 2014 for this blog. Hope you hang with me!
Have you ever read Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch? Ahhh–it is a sweet story of what happens to a person when they feel loved. It is THE perfect picture book for February.
If you haven’t read it yet, check out the story read online using this link. This picture book is out of print so this read-aloud by Hector Elizondo is just perfect. The video is about 12 minutes. Just right for your class.
This story is also perfect for teaching connections: Text to Self (and cause and effect). As most of you know, text-to-self is a type of connection where the reader makes a bunch of different connections with the story to their own lives.
I began with making a list of people we know who might have forgotten just how much we love them. Someone we haven’t talked to in awhile and someone we thought would like to be reminded of our love. After brainstorming a list of names, we decided on 3 people we would like to send a little surprise to. Once you read this story, you will understand why I choose hearts to spill out and why the valentine is anonymous.
So, we filled the envelopes with hearts and a note “Somebody Loves You”. Again, we kept this completely anonymous. I had them stamp out the words on colorful card stock and since my letter stamps look like a typewriter font, they were perfect. Perfect disguise. Then we sealed it up and sometime this week, I’ll be putting them in the mail. I can’t wait for our friends and family to open the envelope. (You could have them choose a janitor, admin, or any other staff member.) I wish I could be there to see their faces.
Wouldn’t this be fun to be on the receiving end of this? Getting personal mail is beyond thrilling but getting something that spills out hearts. Wahoo!!
Does your class make valentines for people other than their classmates? Do you get to have a Valentine’s Day Party?
On a different note, the winners for the Plan and Go :: Teacher Entrepreneur Planner are: Rachel W., Casey E., and Kristi. I have Rachel’s email but I don’t have the other two’s. Casey E. and Kristi, if you are reading this, please send me an email and I’ll send you the Teacher Entrepreneur Planner: firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Reading and Conquer the World,