Elementary school students just love Valentine’s Day. Opening Valentine cards and eating little treats is pure fun. (Click here for my tips for a smooth Valentine’s Day at school.)
Every year, someone forgets their Valentine cards. In my experience, this has occurred much more frequently since we slipped into this recession. I expect to have lots of “forgotten” Valentine cards this year.
Fortunately, I have an “Emergency Valentines” supply—multiple boxes of deep-discount Valentine cards I bought after the holiday last year.
Discreetly, I send the student to another classroom to address their Valentines. In my opinion, this is a much better system than having students make their own emergency Valentines at school the day of the party. Distributing hastily made Valentines is embarrassing for the giver. Why do that to a student when you can buy a box of Valentines for a dollar?
If you don’t have an emergency Valentine card supply, start one now by picking up Valentine cards at your local dollar store. Great idea: buy several boxes so you have enough for Valentine’s Day emergencies in other classrooms. E-mail teachers at your school about your emergency stash. You will make friends with teachers and their students you rescue.
After this Valentine’s Day, buy your spare valentine cards for a quarter!
P.S. Don’t forget to pick up paper bags for holding Valentine cards your students receive!