Valentine Day’s Eve I stayed up way past my bedtime filling out Valentine’s Day Cards, which I brought from America, to give out to my students. I was hoping to see lots of familiar faces today, and so I filled them all out, hoping to give them all away. It was great fun, reading corny Harry Potter and Toy Story punch lines and filling cards with mini-tattoos and stickers. I doubt my students would have gotten as big of kick out of it as I did, and naturally I only ended up giving away twenty. Then, I made two hand-made Valentines for an exchange Angelika and I set up in her class. Angelika made cookies, and I dumped boxes of sweetheart candies into a give away bag.
My day started with horrible technological problems and I was stressed out by 845am. I arrived a frustratingly seven minutes late to the first class: a small private group of four students in the 7th and 8th grades. My presentation didn’t work, so I proceded to just lecture a bit about Valentine’s cards, specifically the ones I brought from America and their traditions. Then we filled out lovey-dovey MadLibs, which they throughly enjoyed and I had them make Valentine’s for their mothers. I was really shocked at their creativity. One kid made this really sweet card where he glued sweethearts and candy (you can sort of see it below) and a matching magnificent envelope, where he glued together two pages and rolled down the first one, creating sort of a scroll.
Next was a university class with Angelika. We read poems, one student even wrote his own, exchanged valentines, talked about love and first dates, and filled out more adult-like MadLibs. Interestingly enough the theme was a Love Letter and most of the letters were “sent” to the shyest girl in the class. Overall we had a great time and I think they enjoyed it quite a bit.
My Valentine’s Day ended with a trip to the circus, accompanied by my British friend. We fully enjoyed the show, which was this eclectic mix of costumes, actors, and a display on LSD. We topped off the circus by toasting at the local pub to her last night.