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I’ve been talking a lot here on how books inspire SO many parts of my life (even started a little series on ‘book love’).  More parts than I ever realized before this blog.  I think all teachers are that way.  Wouldn’t you agree?  We are constantly making connections to our own lives and coming up with grand schemes on how to connect and apply.  I had a principal once tell our staff that it was ridiculous to do projects after reading a book.  I think that is horse feathers!  (Ha!  Don’t laugh at me too much!  I would say something else but want to uphold a little integrity here–hahahah) I understand her argument of how now, in my adult life, I won’t necessarily do a project after every book I read BUT I definitely think it is one way to get kids excited about reading.  It can be a huge motivating factor to fall in love with a book ~for some kids (and of course, depends on the project).

So, today I bring you a little project after reading Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool.  It is a sweet story of friendship and openness.  One of the characters brings a huge heart saying “LOVE” to school.  Since we are working on identifying letters and sight words, I thought it would be fun to do a project with the word LOVE.

First, we read the book.  I purchased this book at Target.  The book has some added goodies like a poster, stickers, and valentines.  So fun~right?!  Then we made some connections to our own life and then we applied what we learned about the letters in LOVE.

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Oh and I did this project for gifts, however, it would be so easy to use this as a word station and put some stencil letters out and viola ~practicing a very important word in our language.

How to Make a not-so-perfect-made-by-kids LOVE canvas sign {in less than 15 minutes}

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Materials:

canvas

paint

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letter for stenciling

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tape

paint brushes

Steps:

1. Secure letters onto canvas with tape

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2. Paint around letters (I know E is a little close to the V here-ha!)

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If you want to add a picture like I did for “O”, do not tape the letter “O” down.  Just use the letter as a guide for how much space you need to leave between the letters “L” and “V”.

3.  Slowly remove the letters and you’re done

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4.  If you want to add a picture, just print one out and cut it in the shape of a heart and hot glue it on.

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This is NOT perfect ~~and that my dears ~~ is what I love about it.

Have a happy Valentine’s Day! xoxo

~April