February 8, 2013

February Books/Currently

Growing up I hated Valentine's Day. My family usually called it SAD. Single Awareness Day. But then I met my husband and had a class of little second graders and my thoughts happily changed. While I realize Valentine's Day is popular for the over priced roses and chocolates that is not why I celebrate it. I celebrate it because it gives me the opportunity to express my love to others. (I will happily receive chocolate and roses on any other day. My husband knows not to get me them on Valentines. It is WAY too expensive.)

As you know, one of my favorite things is reading. I wanted to share some of my favorite books about love with you. Feel free to peruse them.

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch.
I love the message this book shares. Expressing love and gratitude makes a huge difference.

A Book of Hugs
This book has adorable illustrations and explains different ways to hug. I can't wait to share it with my little man. This one went over a lot better with my second graders than A Book of Kisses. I like that one too, but it will make your kids silly.

Guess How Much I Love You
This book is a classic. It is perfect for illustrating similes  You could even have the children write their own version for their parents or special valentines.

Bear Hugs: Romantically Ridiculous Animal Rhymes
I loved using the short poems in this to help with transitions, as a small reward, or even a short time filler. After reading it you could inspire the poets in your class to write a poem from a different animal's perspective.

Fun for First also came up with an excellent list which you can find here.

I love sharing books! And I really love Farley's Currently Parties. Check out what is new in my world.

My husband fell in love with Imagine Dragons and I quickly followed suit. Listening to them makes me happy.

We've been fighting the rain recently. Right now the sun is shining and I am almost convinced to go for a walk.

I want to send some "love notes" to people who have made an impact on my life. If you were to write a note, who would you write?

We moved this summer and I still don't feel like I have found a new friend. I have several new acquaintances but no one who really fits. Blech. 

The price of stamps went up. I need to buy some more one cent stamps so I can send off my love notes. Snail mail is so much more fun than digital. 

I HATE comment verification forms. Why do they have to make the letters all squiggly? I almost always mess up. I promise I am human. I can't leave a fun comment if your comment guardian rejects me so many times I give it. Trust me. It happens. At least once a week.

I also HATE people who smoke next to children. You are ruining their lungs and setting them on the path to developing a terrible habit. Enough said.

How are you preparing for Valentine's day? Who are you planning on showering with love?

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  1. Great pet peeves" I too get annoyed by people who smoke around children. So inconsiderate!


  2. Hey I found your blog via the Farley link up for February's currently. I am so late at posting mine. I also do not enjoy comment verification forms! I can never read the letters. Hope you have a great Valentine's Day! I am excited for mine.

  3. Funny that you don't like those verification forms either! I thought that it was just me and my aged eyes. I find I have to hit the refresh button many many times before I find a phrase and number set I can actually read..and that's with my glasses! Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting yesterday! I did make it home safely after school...the drive was grueling! I wish I could say that I could make time for love notes...but I do have a secret valentine at school. We drew names and we give something special to our secret valentine on the 14th next week! I am glad to say that I went out after V-Day last year and stocked up on some cute things on sale! I'm all set. Now I have to find the perfect present for my about to be a teenager daughter (she'll be 13 on Tuesday!). I cannot believe that I am old enough to have a teenage daughter!

    1. I'm glad you made it safely. Good luck with a present. It can be difficult to find the right presents for teens.Isn't it funny how time flies?

  4. I hate smoking in general, but especially around children. It drives me crazy when I try to walk into a store or restaurant with my family and we have to walk through a wall of smoke to get in the front door. Gag. :( Your blog is really cute...it has a really fresh look. Thank you for visiting my little newborn blog and leaving a sweet comment. I'm looking forward to following you!

    Happy Teacher Heaven