Love is in the air in kindergarten, where students have been eagerly awaiting their Valentine's Day party all week long. The upcoming holiday is a great reason to discuss what we can do to show kindness and love to our friends during our daily Responsive Classroom share. Students have been creating valentines for Encore teachers and their families during Exploration time. Also, students have been immersed in many Valentine Day-themed curricular lessons. In math, students tallied heart candies by color and explored bar graphs. We also decoded a Valentine's Day hundreds board that ended up being a heart. In phonics, we explored the vowel “u” by uncovering hearts with pictures of various long and short "u" words. We concluded the rainy/wet week by reading The Day It Rained Hearts. Kindergartners loved decorating their valentine bags and exchanging special valentines with one another.