After a long, cold, wet winter, the earth became carpeted in green. Birds chirped and flew about. The sky cleared and the sun peeked out; spring was here. It was almost Valentine’s Day, a time to show the people you love that you care for and appreciate them.
In the kindergarten class at Instilling Goodness Girls School, the students and teacher discussed how many Valentines they were going to make and give away. They decided to make a brooch with roses and ribbons to pin on a heart-shaped card decorated with their writing and painting, and attached to a bag of sweets.
The project went smoothly until it was time to put the sweets in pink net bags. One of the girls started whining and refused to put candy in the bag. She wanted to keep the candy for herself. The teacher decided it was time for her students to understand the true meaning of Valentine’s Day.
The day before Valentine’s Day, the kindergartners and their teacher visited the first and second graders and gave away their first Valentines. To make it more interesting and exciting, the teacher let them walk into the first and second graders’ classroom with their Valentines hidden behind their backs. It was a big surprise for the students. It was a nice and happy visit. When the kindergartners returned to their classroom, they sat in a circle. The teacher asked how they felt. They all said “happy.” “But you did not get any candy for yourself. What made you feel happy?” asked the teacher. The students said they were happy because they had given a “present” to those they cared about. They all shouted, “Giving makes me happy!”
All the students begged, “Can we make some more Valentines to give away? Please…” So, they all were busy again. As the reward of giving their love, they received more sweets and Valentines from others. The whining girl did not whine anymore. Her smile was as big and clear as the spring blue sky.