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For those who celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14, this post offers some get-ready ideas for a functional and festive celebration!
If you have students who are easily distracted in our world of sensory bombardment, it’s wise to find ways to help kids learn and practice the important skill of paying attention on special days…on any day…year ’round.
Attention Hearts are Forever! Encourage kids to have a BIGGER heart for paying attention by creating a bulletin board with that focus as the header…Attention Hearts are Forever!
Your Valentine time bulletin board may include a variety of designs…
Attention Hearts are Forever! to Flip – Ask students to choose pre-cut decorative paper or cardstock hearts or invite them to cut out their own hearts from available paper.
Offer scrap wrapping paper with leftover Valentine’s Day designs or colored construction paper that students can cut into heart shapes and decorate with crayons or markers.
K – 1 students can write their names on the backs of the hearts.
Post the hearts on your Attention Hearts are Forever! Bulletin Board with double-sided tape at the tops of the hearts, making the hearts ready to “flip.”.
Invite kids to play a Attention Hearts are Forever! Flip Game.
How to Play: Let student volunteers take turns flipping the hearts and saying the names on the backs.
At the reading of each name, lead the class saying, “______________ (name of student) and everyone in our class is learning that it’s important to pay attention.”
In grades 2 – 5 instruct students to flip their decorative hearts and write messages on the backs of the heart shapes.
The messages: personal promises to pay attention in school.
Involving students in the art of making hearts will help engage them in the bulletin board’s main message: Attention Hearts are Forever! because paying attention is important.
How else can you help kids learn that Attention Hearts are forever?
Put these new bulletin board designs to work in your classroom…
Please Give a HOOT About Paying Attention – Use owl designs, cut from Valentine gift cards or bags to make eye-catching bulletin board designs.
Post a big bright header on the bulletin board that reads Please Give a HOOT About Paying Attention!
Add pre-cut owls and hearts to a colored paper background on the board.
Ask students to make hearts from cut out heart doilies or construction paper.
Post students’ hearts around the owls.
Explain to the class that their hearts will show that they too “give a hoot for paying attention.” Attention Hearts are forever!
Make a connection between owls being notoriously “wise” and the wisdom of learning at a young age how to stay focused when distractions abound.
Ask students in grades 3 – 5 to think about the BENEFITS of paying attention.
Use their ideas for another heartwarming bulletin board design..
Statements from the Heart – Add a large white heart-shaped piece of paper to your Attention Hearts are Forever Bulletin Board.
After you lead a class discussion about the benefits of paying attention, walk to the board and with a dark marker, write on the heart, “When I pay attention”…
Tell the class that you want everyone to write that beginning statement AND a finish to it with a personal thought. For example, a student might write, “When I pay attention I don’t miss details.”
Give students white hearts or white paper on which they can draw large hearts for their writing.
Post students’ statement hearts on the Attention Hearts are Forever! Bulletin Board.
Color Me an Attention Lover – Teach children in grades K – 1 the meaning of the word attention.
In the process, explain the importance of paying attention in school.
Offer details about how paying attention means staying focused to finish a task like putting all of the pieces in place to finish a puzzle and see the whole picture.
Help young children make an age-appropriate commitment to paying attention by giving them hearts decorated with a picture of crayons and the words, “Color Me an Attention Lover.”
Make enough copies of the Color Me an Attention Lover heart so that each student can have one to post with a picture of themselves on the Attention Hearts are Forever! Bulletin Board.
How do you encourage kids to embrace the concept that Attention Hearts are Forever!?
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Remember, you don’t need to be a magician to work magic in any instructional setting!
Talk with you again soon,
Barbara ♥ The Lovable Poet