Are you stressed because you’re low on time (and cash)? I bet you don’t even want to spend another moment planning an elaborate event? Psst, I don’t blame you. That’s why I created the BEST Valentine’s STEM Party!
I get you! February is the month where burnout starts to sink in. Your personal life becomes non-existent, and you live on coffee and no sleep.
But not for you! That’s why you’re here. You’re ready to take back control and find the joy in teaching.
Here are five easy steps to stress-free planning a Valentine’s STEM party.
I promise you’ll feel empowered knowing you’re in control. Your kids will remain engaged in learning. The best part… there won’t be any tears from you or your students.
1. Organize your centers
I like to think of five as the magic number. The number helps me divide the class up into five groups. I like to limit my centers to 20 minutes. This amount of time is long enough to get my second graders learning and short enough to hold their attention.
Plus, I’ve already got five Valentine’s STEM Activities planned out. I use February STEM activities for my students. I create a packet for them so they can keep their materials together. Plus, it helps them know what to do.
I’ve included five STEM activities with this resource. It includes experiments, STEM challenges, math challenges, and more!
2. Include “card passing out” for a center (or morning work)
Think about Black Friday. It’s chaotic when the doors open and people rush in all at once. Don’t induce anxiety!!
Your students are going to be excited to pass out their cards (as they should be). Allow them to do it on their own in a calm station. They’ll take pride in it.
You could even have that as a part of your morning work so students can get started as soon as they walk through the door.
3. Get donations
You can also try using SignUpGenius and send the link to your parents to save on paper. You’ll be surprised by the number of parents who’ll donate.
4. Set the mood with music
I like to include music with messages about friendships for our class party. I usually keep the music soft and the lights dim to not overstimulate my students.
Check out this YouTube Playlist with some of our favorite Valentine’s Class Party songs. Just loop the songs to play throughout the day.
5. End with card opening (and a gift from you)
I like to give my students a little gift from me. I print these cards out and give them all a homework pass. Of course, I’ve made this editable so you can gift them whatever you’d like.
I’d love to hear about your Classroom Valentine’s Day STEAM Party. Let me know how it went in the comments below. Don’t forget to join my Facebook Group STEM in the Elementary Classroom to join the conversation there!
Want to try doing this as weekly activities in February? Click HERE to learn more about how to impliment weekly STEM activities.