We Heart Books

14 February 2012
I started a few heart-themed activities with my students yesterday.  We're making a bulletin board display titled "We Heart Books".  I'll share pictures of the completed bulletin board tomorrow, as a nasty little stomach bug kept me from school today.  And before you feel sorry for me for missing Valetine's Day at school, I was quite okay with it -hormone crazy twelve year-olds on sugar highs isn't exactly my idea of fun.  ;)

Anyhow, we started off on Monday morning with some fun "heart art".  We talked about monochromatic colours and lines, and I showed them how a curve in the line can make an optical illusion.  It was an easy and inexpensive art activity - all they needed was a ruler and a few markers or pencil crayons.

I also had the students create "heart art" in language.  I had the students write about their favourite books they had read this year.  I gave them a list of prompts (I'll upload the assignment sheet when I post pics of the bulletin board - it's at school, too), and had them write their answer on a site I found through Pinterest - Festisite.  This site created cute little hearts from their writing - which look great posted beside the line heart art.

And, because it's Valentine's Day, I thought I'd share a little bit about my Valentine.  I'm linking up to Buzzing with Ms. B for her "How I Met My Hunny" linky party.

I met my husband when I was in grade 12 and he was in grade 13 (yes, we used to have 5 years of high school in Ontario).  Although we went to the same high school, I somehow didn't meet him until we were both on a bus going to a ski trip in Quebec.  It was VERY late at night (or VERY early in the morning) when we were first introduced, so I don't think we exchanged many words beside "hi" (although I do remember I thought he had beautiful eyes).  To sum up our 20 year history in a short little paragraph, we were together by the end of the trip, and have been together ever since.  We ended up going to the same university, moved back home together, found jobs, got married, and had three beautiful little girls.  It may not be the most exciting of stories, but it's our story ... and I think it's perfect.  :)
This was us just after we graduated high school ... almost 20 years ago ... 

Here we are at our wedding ... ten years ago ...

And here's one from this year.  Love you, sweetie.  Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Tuesday!  And Happy Valentine's Day!


  1. Oh my goodness! I LOVE your blog. It is absolutely darling. The "Heart Art" idea is awesome. My first graders would love this (obviously at their ability level). Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. Take it easy!

    Happy Valentine's Day! I'm your newest follower.


  2. That's great! What a charming story! I love your pictures!

    And I LOVE your heart art.
    Thanks for linking up and sharing your cute story!

    Buzzing with Ms. B

  3. Jen-

    That festisite is AWESOME!!!

    And what a sweet story about you and your husband! :)

    Happy Valentine's Day!


  4. hey Jen....I have a question from one of my 5th grade teacher friends for you about math...can you email me??

  5. Happy Valentines!!!!!!
    Your heart art came out beautiful.

    What a sweet story :)

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  6. Cute story and awesome idea you found on pinterest.....I just celebrated the big 10 too....crazy how time flies!

  7. I love your Heart Op Art lesson- such a nice take on the usual type with spheres.