For an hour he measured his letters, focused on spelling, and did “homework” with a smile.
My 5-year-old is squarely in the iPad generation. Many are predicting handwriting will be obsolete; already cursive has drifted out of the curriculum – but there he sat practicing his printing because he wanted to.
Can you believe some schools are vetoing Valentine’s Day?
They are banning the cute cards for rules of fairness, wanting to make sure everybody gets one. Don’t be so surprised — we are the generation that makes sure everyone gets a participation ribbon and doesn’t keep score in soccer games.
A colleague’s daughter has had Valentine’s Day pulled from the school calendar over environmental concerns. The school wasn’t happy with all that paper getting tossed in the bin.
Ugh. Schools need to embrace Valentine’s Day!
Watch a young kid work on his valentines and you’ll see why more cards should be encouraged. My son didn’t touch the iPad. He didn’t watch TV. He focused on his writing.
On Valentine’s Day, my son will repeatedly count the cards in his box to keep score, and when he gets home he’ll read all the messages aloud to us with pride.
Reading. Writing. ‘Rithmetic. Who knew Valentine’s Day was part of the lesson plan? I think next year we shouldn’t just encourage the kids to write a card to everyone in their class, but everyone in the school! And again at Easter!!
Here’s some more inspiration as to why we should encourage our kids to write valentines, because without Valentine’s Day we’d lose this awesomeness:
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