Valentine's Day

An awake heart is like a sky that pours light.

-Hafiz

A Tiny Gift That's BIG

Supplies: colored paper, stickers, crayons, markers,

wrapping paper, fabric, ribbons.. whatever seems fun…

Yes! Yes! Yes! Valentines for our family, friends, and teachers, but what if...

We make a few for those people who make our lives easier, people we count on, but perhaps never stop to say, I like you! Thank you for your service! People that come to mind - the postal worker; a gardener; a shopkeeper at your favorite toy or pet store; a doctor? You get it!

You needn’t do a lot, but once you send a few, the idea may stick. What a thrill to give them away! The joy that comes from such an unexpected gesture is big. We think it will grow your heart as it builds greater awareness of those in our lives who make things just a wee bit easier. With this tiny gift, you might just “make their day!”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Books You'll Love To Read

Pete The Cat's Groovy Guide to Love by James Dean - this is a collection of favorite quotes about living an "awesome" life filled with love. Pete the Cat gives us his take on messages from Van Gogh to Dickens. We especially love .. "the first duty of love is to listen." 

Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson - Horace and Hattie are best friends and so they do "best friend" things.. swing on swings, make daisy chains and have tea parties. Sadly,there is one thing they can't do- hug! They are too spiky! Whatever are they to do? 

 

Enjoy this very sweet story that is filled with the most charming and endearing art details- butterflies, flowers, hearts and so much more. 

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli - a little picture book that

packs a terrific message about kindness and caring for others. 

Mr. Hatch is thrilled to receive a mysterious gift for Valentine's Day, but there is a problem. Simple gestures of kindness win the day.

I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Channing, Jacurine Chwast, illustrator - Is a

whimsical little book written in 1965, but still makes a perfect present for a best friend. Think Charlie Brown and Snoopy kind of best friend.

You Are My I Love You by Maryann Cusimano Love and Satomi Ichikawa - A delightful rhyming book between parent Teddy Bear and its child, charmingly expressing the deep love between them.

Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane de Groat - A funny story that again deals with kindness and the hurt inflicted by teasing when Valentine's Day cards are shared. Gerry has left her cards at home! The ending leaves the reader positively happy.

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst - This very dear story is about love that is always present, even if when we are physically separated. “People who love each other are always connected by a very special String, made of love. Even though you can’t see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart.“ Charmingly, the  story helps children better understand separation and loss, but it also beautifully conceptualizes the nature of eternal love.

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