February 14, 2014

Loving SAINT Valentine's Day

SAINT Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays. Many people enjoy celebrating this fun holiday; they love the chocolates, the exchange of cards, the bright colors, the flowers, etc. However, many people don't realize the origins of this "holy day". Yes, holy day. It is actually a Catholic feast day that honors a special saint whose celebration has crossed-over into commercialized society life.

Each year my sixers are awed by the story of the simple, humble man who lived in Ancient Rome and gave his life in honor and love of Christ Jesus. This year I came across an amazing picture book about this generous, loving saint.

How did Valentine's Day, one of our most popular holidays, begin? 

It started in ancient Rome when a kind physician named Valentine took an interest in a young blind girl. With his healing skill and his deep faith he restored her sight. What we now call Valentine's Day began when he sent the little girl a secret message, which she received after the Christian martyr was executed. For this tale rich in sentiment, master illustrator Robert Sabuda has created exquisite paper mosaics to suggest early Christian art that resonates with both subtlety and power
... Amazon.com

There was a stunned silence when I finished reading the book, until my student, the most unruly of them, said: WOW! I wish I could be like that dude. He was so not self-centered.

I couldn't have said it better myself. I asked them all to personally respond with why they thought Valentine was recognized as a saint by completing this simple notebook foldable.

There were such wonderful responses! Many similar to the one that my student had voiced aloud. However, one stood out. This one was from one of my boys who struggles with written communication. He has difficulty with spelling, with the act of writing, with getting his thoughts on paper, and more. In shaky writing, missing letters, and no punctuation,  he simply wrote...

he lovd everon

With just this simple story, my kiddos GOT the meaning and true message of Valentine's Day... SAINT Valentine's Day. It isn't about the chocolates or the cards or the flowers, it's about putting others before ourselves, it's about being a light for others, it's about our call as goodly(Godly) people...


Today is the perfect day for me to join my sweet, bloggy friend Jessica of Joy in the Journey for her brand new Fuel Your Faith Friday linky party. My students DEFINITELY fueled my faith this week.


It's also the perfect time to join Molly of Lucky to Be in First for her Lucky in Love linky where we share all the things that we LOVE.





Please be sure to visit both Jessica's and Molly's linky for inspiring and heart-warming blog posts on this Saint Valentine's Day.

Happy Saint Valentine's Day,
Happy Teaching,
Angela
The Teacher's Desk 6

8 comments:

  1. I've never seen this book! It sounds great. Could I get by with it in a very conservative public school? I have bible stories on my shelves...
    Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms

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    1. I think that you easily use this book in a public school setting. It really is a history text that happens to be about an early Christian martyr. Even though there is the Christian perspective it does not need to become the central point. The illustrations are in the ancient art form of mosaics so it could also be used for an art lesson.

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  2. Hi Angela!
    WOW. I loved learning a little more about St. Valentine... and I adored the story of your student's writing SUCCESS!
    Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day...

    Kim
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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    1. Thank you, Kim! I hope you had a nice St. Valentine's Day! Have a great weekend!

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  3. What a great reminder, Angela! Valentine's Day - and even love - have become so commercialized. It's important that you're teaching your students about the true love that only comes from the Lord - and providing simple and inspiring stories of those like St. Patrick really help drive the point home :)

    Thanks for linking up!
    ~Jessica
    Joy in the Journey

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    1. LOVING your linky idea! I'm so happy that you created this one! I hope that you had a wonderful St. Valentine's Day.

      Funny that you should mention St. Patrick... I just pulled my Tomie DePaola book about this saint from my shelf:)

      Have a nice weekend, my sweet bloggy friend!

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  4. You have so much to love! Thanks for sharing all of your great pictures!! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

    Molly
    Lucky to Be in First

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    1. Thank you, Molly! I hope that you had a nice St. Valentine's Day! Enjoy your weekend!

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