Valentine's Day in the Classroom or Library

One of my favorite ways to celebrate Valentine's Day with my students has been to share the love of books.

Have every visitor to your classroom or the library media center take a paper heart. Have them write their names and the titles of a book that they have loved to read on the heart. Then let them add their hearts to a display. Start this at the beginning of February and by the time Valentine's Day rolls around, you will really be feeling the love!

1. Gather paper. You will want soft colors that will show pencil marks, if you choose to have young ones write in pencil. I use pink, white, and lavender.

2. Use your die cut machine to cut out enough hearts for everyone in your school. If you don't have a die cut machine, use a photocopier to print this document. Then have volunteers help you cut them by hand with scissors.

3. Choose a place to display all of your hearts. Windows worked best for me. You could also use walls, bulletin boards, or even the front side of your desk. The entrance door is a good place, too.

4. Hand out hearts to every student, parent, and staff member you see. Have each one write his or her name, and the title of a well-loved book on the front of the heart.

5. Hand out tape and let each person hang up his or her own heart. (Fair Warning: Taking down all the tape is a tedious task, so be prepared to ask for help after Valentine’s Day!)

Let me know if you try this, and comment below about how it made you feel to be surrounded by book love!

Best wishes,

Tina

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Get Sponsored on DonorsChoose.org

Are you registered on DonorsChoose.org? If not, you should be! Organizations are looking for ways to donate to teachers in need, especially as the tax season closes at the end of the year.

If you are an active member, you will be able to submit a request for a Teacher Sponsor Box once you have 6 points.

A subscription box for teachers!

A subscription box for teachers!

When you have the 6 points needed to submit a Special Request project, you'll see the option to "Create a Special Request" at the bottom of the vendor list when creating your project.

Special Request projects are a great way to bring your biggest ideas to life! You can request materials from any vendor for a Special Request project. If your project is fully funded, Donors Choose will purchase the item for you. You can choose any online vendor, as long as it is a legitimate business based in the United States.

Please direct Donors Choose to us:

Teacher’s Corner LLC, 6837 State Road 54, New Port Richey, FL 34653

Phone: (727) 312-3217  Email: tina@teacherscornerllc.com

To purchase a single box at $22 + $8 shipping: https://www.teacherscornerllc.com/teacher-sponsor-box/decemberjanuary-box

To purchase a full 12 months of boxes at $242 + $24 shipping: https://www.teacherscornerllc.com/teacher-sponsor-box/?category=12+Months

 

How to Earn the 6 Points

You earn a point every time:

·         Your project is funded and you confirm you still want the materials within 6 days.

·         You upload your project photos and impact letter on or before their due date.

·         We receive your student thank-yous on or before their due date (if your project doesn't require student thank-yous, you'll receive this point automatically).

Source: https://help.donorschoose.org/hc/en-us/articles/201937886

 

How to Create A Project

HI: Pick your project type

On this step, you’ll select the type of project you’re going to create.

·         Standard: The most common type of project! Request materials, a class trip, or a visitor for your students.

WHO: Describe your students

Introduce your classroom by explaining what makes your students special. On this step, you’ll also choose the grade level and number of students that will benefit from your project.

WHAT: Select your resources and summarize them for your donors

If you're requesting a class trip or visitor, you can select that option and upload payment documents for the experience.

If you’re requesting materials, explore our vendors by clicking on their icon. When you’re done shopping, checkout on the vendor’s site, and those items will transfer back to your classroom project.

Then, write a quick summary of those items for your donors. 

WHY: Explain how this project will change your classroom

Create a title that sums up your project, then tell your donors how your project will make a difference in your classroom and exactly how the resources will be used.

At the bottom, pick up to two subject areas that’ll help donors identify your project. 

REVIEW: Make any final edits before submitting your project

On this last step, you can see how your project will appear on the site after it’s approved. Scrolling down to the bottom of the page will show a list of any specific changes that need last minute attention before you submit.

Once you’re all set, submit your project and let our screening team have a look!

While your project is being reviewed, you can get a head start on funding by sharing your special Friends and family Pre-funding link with your network. They can make donations toward your classroom immediately, and our system will automatically apply those donations as soon as your project is approved and live on the public site.

Source: https://help.donorschoose.org/hc/en-us/articles/218977367-How-to-create-a-project-a-guide

I’m here to help if you need it!

Best wishes,

Tina@teacherscornerllc@gmail.com