Last year, I conducted a little experiment with my students and what it became, was one of my favorite blogs! Give Love is... another read...
Love is all around us...we just have to look!
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I've been thinking about, teaching about, and reading lots about love lately. In library classes, I've been reading my favorite picture book ever, Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch and we've been discussing who we love, ways to show and share love and ways to help and include those who don't feel so loved at all, with just a simple Hello!! If you haven't read Mr. Hatch...please do!! It is such a wonderful story!! I LOVE MR. HATCH!!
Young children have great responses to these prompts!! One student (kindergarten) even told the class that giving someone a dog was a great way to show love because then he'd have a forever friend! (Insert: tears!!) Lots of students told me they loved books...and that's when I fell a little bit more in love with them, too!! ;)
I teach all students from grades Pre-K through 8 both library and tech but posed the following prompt, one afternoon to the kids in Homework Club, part of our After Care program. The students I talked to are in grades 3-5. I asked them to help me with a little project (kind of extending our library discussions) and got some really great answers. I thought I'd share them with you!
L (3rd grade) said: a happy thing that feels good.
A (3rd grade girl) said: an expression...like I love my mom and I just can't help it! I want to hug her and squeeze her.
P (5th grade) said: to care for one another.
J (3rd grade girl) said: My cats...I love my cats!
J (4th grade boy) said: like...happy stuff...being nice, kind and hugs and kisses.
G (4th grade) said: I guess....thinking...thinking...thinking...happiness!
A (5th grade girl) said: CUPID!
A (5th grade) said: being nice to others!
AD: (5th grade boy) said: I don't know. I don't really think about it much. Basically caring for others in a strong way...I guess...
I thought these were some honest and thoughtful answers!
When we go downstairs to meet up with the rest of the after care kids and I get bombarded with tight hugs from students, I feel loved and know that this is love to them. They make me smile!
The Blended Blog has been running a series all February long called The Look of Love. It has been outstanding. I've been loving the varying perspectives and different takes on the topic. This was one series for our collective that I did not participate in or contribute a post to. Being the total single girl and having no lost loves that deserve any kind of attention, I didn't think I'd have much to offer on the subject. Deena's post all about loving yourself hit home for me... I like me...and if that all I got, that's ok.
But I'm not gonna be sulky or lonely this Valentine's Day!! I'll be spending part of the day with my best friends and the night in my PJs with a glass (or bottle!) of wine!! And maybe, just maybe some flowers will show up at my door!!
I hope you all know the best kind of love in your life and share your love with others! Not just on Valentine's Day but EVERYDAY!
What does love look like to you? Let me know in the comments below!