what makes your heart happy?

So what makes your heart happy? Well....you would be surprised just how deep those little 3rd and 4th grade minds can take this question!
I just changed my Christmas bulletin board over to a valentine's day theme. Usually I have some great moms come in and help put this together, but I wanted a quick change (and I'm one of those "I'll just do it myself and get it completed faster" types). I kept the same border, same background and same kiddo pictures from our Christmas bulletin board that read "Tis The Season To Be Jolly". My great teaching partner that is next door to me at school gave me the idea of changing the words to "What Makes Your Heart Happy?" Perfect! So I quickly took down the christmasy letters and decorations, cut out 21 hearts from the die-cut machine, and whipped this up during the beginning of my planning yesterday. (To all of you teacher-folk out there...you know the sweet joy in a simple bulletin board that looks great and can be changed over from season to season.)
Right before they went to music I wrote on the whiteboard, "What makes your heart happy?" I gave them no restrictions...just to use their "best handwriting and spelling".
What this created is precious.

(finished product....not bad for a quick bulletin board season swap during planning....their cute little faces are blurred for obvious safety reasons...but those faces are definitely the best part!)

"When I spend time and have fun with family and friends." Aw. :)

"I have God in my life! John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son for that whoever believes in him shall not parish but have eternal life!" ---love this little girl that boldly proclaims the love of God on a public school bulletin board...you go girl!
So as we say in our emails to each other at school when we share ideas...use or lose. :) Even for those of you non-teachers...what a precious idea to have your kiddos do as a memento each Valentine's Day season to see just what it is that captures their little hearts in that moment.
Happy Friday..whoo hoo!
blessings, Cait

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  1. Love this! I'm going to have to pop up and read them. My heart skipped a bit when I read the 2nd one. How awesome:) I may have to use somewhere in my room

  2. Oh my, I know! To have the boldness some of these kiddos do. Learning from them each day makes the job even more rewarding. Go for it!

  3. Love it!
    I love how children can be so insightful!

  4. How cute~ have to share with all my teacher friends! Came by way of SITS;o)

  5. The beach makes my heart happy. And family. And my good health. Oh, so much I can't even list it all! SITS sent me by, and I'm glad they did...

    Saturday School

  6. Excited to see the support from fellow SITS gals! Thanks for the kind comments. :)

  7. What a lovely message. I used to do the bulletin boards at my church and it is not easy to come up with new ideas!
    A SITS friend


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