Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day Exchange...and linky party

Well, it's time for another linky party, mateys! After the overwhelming response to Holly Bloggy Christmas, Caitlin from Ms. Preppy and Sarah from Kindergarten Korner put together yet another exchange for us. Caitlin and Sarah got such a great response, they had to create a special blog just to hold it all.

I participated in both the teacher-to-teacher exchange and the classroom-to-classroom exchange. But, first, I have to brag a lil' bit share a pic of my loot. Maybe I've talked a wee bit too much of my fondness for chocolate? I now have a stash that will last me for months!

For the classroom-to-clasroom exchange, these are the adorable valentines that Tamera and her class from My Heart Belongs in First made for my class. The hand-drawn faces and individualized outfits on the bears holding a bag of gummy bears were oh.so.cute! I also got a large decorated clothespin perfect for holding reminders for me or messages for my students.
notice the face at the top right
freshly opened box

These are what my kiddos sent to her class, inspired by this find. The flowered pops turned out sooo cute. We also sent some Pokemon valentine cards, a valentine bucket, and a lil' something for Ms. Wilson.

It was the perfect exchange because we both have the same number of kiddos and teach firsties.

For the teacher-to-teacher exchange, here's what Barbara over at First Grade Delight sent me: a journal (a place for me to write all my blog ideas down), a mini notepad and pen set (perfect for my purse for those afore mentioned blog ideas), an assortment of valentiney stickers, a chocolate bar (my kiddos say 'thank you' for keeping Ms. Talley happy), a pair of fuzzy socks (perfect for the freaky cold front that came in this past weekend), a gift card to Subway, and a cute green bucket to hold all my goodies :)

This is what I made for Jennifer over at Herding Kats in Kindergarten (the "K" is for Knopf). I also got her a bag of chocolates. I enjoyed getting back to my creative side which has been reignited by my new friend Pinterest.

I enjoyed sharing my treasures with you! What is the best Valentine's Day gift you have given or received?



  1. Replies
    1. Hi, Jennifer. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Yeah! It got there! Hope you had a wonderful day!

    First Grade Delight

    1. Hi, Delighted! Thank you so much for all my treasures :) Our class had a couple of classroom visits, so the day flew by. The kids really enjoyed themselves!

  3. Such cute gifts! What a fun class exchange!

    Hope you had a great Valentine!

    ❤ Mor Zrihen from...
    A Teacher's Treasure
    Teaching Treasures Shop

    1. Hi, Mor. Thank you for taking the time to comment :) Participating in these exchanges was like celebrating another Christmas. I got just as excited as my students!

  4. Awwww, everything is lovely! :-) Valentine's Day 2012 was a good one!

    I'm your newest follower, ReadWriteSing

    1. Hi, Chrissy. Thank you for your sweet comment! Yes, it was a fabulous day, followed by a nice dinner with my sweetie. I appreciate you following my blog :)

  5. Hi Monica! Why am I just now seeing this post- a month over due? I have NO Clue! My class LOVED the exchange. I did too. It reminded me of the exchanges I used to do when I would go to scrapbooking retreats!

    1. Hi, Tamera. I'm not sure who enjoyed the exchange more - me or my students! We longingly eyed the unopened box for days...it was definitely the best part of our Valentine's Day :)