Now, more than ever, emphasizing kindness, compassion, and tolerance are essential character lessons in the classroom. This year, make a point of stressing the importance of those traits in your holiday decor. Decorate your classroom for Valentine’s Day with one of the ideas below that is sure to inspire kindness in your classroom.
3 Ideas for Decorating the Classroom for Valentine’s Day
Acts of Kindness Chains
When someone does an act of kindness for someone else, it can set off a chain reaction of kind acts. Record random acts of kindness completed by students on 1-inch strips of red and white construction paper. Loop the strips together to form paper chains. Challenge students to do a certain number of acts and decorate the classroom with the paper chains.
Form an army of hearts that march around the classroom bringing love, compassion, kindness, and tolerance. Each large construction paper heart “person” can be labeled with a character trait that you would like to stress in the classroom and beyond. Complete the decor with a sign above the main bulletin board that says “We Stand Up For Kindness.”
Butterflies are primarily thought of as spring decor, but with their unique shape and the wonderful teaching lessons they bring, butterflies are perfect for Valentine’s Day decor. Have students create large butterflies out of construction paper and hang them around the room. Discuss how butterflies start off as caterpillars, but get another chance to change who they are and become even more beautiful and unique. Explain to students that bad choices need not define them if they make the decision to strive to make better choices. Emphasize that each child is unique, just as the butterflies are, and that without each child’s special presence in the classroom, the class would not be as colorful, beautiful, or as bright.
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