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Ah, Valentine’s Day is the day for romance and love, right? Or maybe not – not for our kids, anyhow. Love is so much more than romantic feelings and gestures. Love is about caring unselfishly for others, putting others first, and showing compassion and concern for others.

So, how can we teach that to our children? Valentine’s Day provides us with great opportunities for doing just that. If you choose, you can incorporate some lessons on love, caring, and compassion into your homeschool plans. Here are some ideas for you!

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Bible Studies:

Do a study on Biblical love from I Corinthians 13.

I Corinthians 13 is the “famous” chapter in the Bible about love. The chapter offers an overview of what true love is and how true love behaves towards others. You and your kids could have a great discussion about what true love looks like.

Study John 3:16 and focus on God’s love for each of us.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave – isn’t that what love is? Giving of ourselves to others? God gives us a pattern for love, and that is giving. And what did God give to us? Why did God give us such a special gift when we deserved nothing from God? John 3:16 will provide a great springboard for discussing God’s love for each of us.

I John 4 shows us how to act out our love for others.

I John 4 is another chapter about love, more specifically about how we should act if we love God. And that includes loving others.  Verses 11, 20, and 21 state that specifically. So you could use these verses to talk about what it means to love others and how we act out that love. What does love for others look like?

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Language Arts:

Language arts encompasses several categories: reading, writing, literature, spelling, and grammar are all included. It will be easy to put a Valentine’s Day focus on writing and literature assignments.

Writing Suggestions

  • Have your children write love or appreciation notes to siblings, parents, friends, or grandparents.
  • Focus on short poetry, rhyming couplets, or haiku about Valentine’s Day, love for others, and love. Let them write serious or humorous poetry about Valentine’s Day or love. They can work individually or in groups to come up with original poetry.
  • Let your children create original acrostics for Valentine’s Day. Then, have them have their siblings solve the acrostic puzzles. This could also work with word searches or crossword puzzles.
  • Have your younger children copy a verse or short poem about love onto some special paper. Then, they can illustrate their writing. This could be given as a gift or displayed on a wall or on your refrigerator.

Reading or Literature suggestions

  • Read stories together about caring for others or putting others first. Any stories about family or friendships would work well for this. Some suggestions include the Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik, the Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel, the Oink and Pearl books by Kay Chorao, and even the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
  • Your older students may enjoy reading some of the O. Henry stories, particularly “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Last Leaf.” Both of those stories are about unselfish love. They may also enjoy watching “Romeo and Juliet” or “Cyrano de Bergerac” performances.

A Special Spelling List for Valentine’s Day Week? Why not?

Create a list of special words for spelling this week. What could you include on your list? Valentine, Bouquet, Chocolate, Romance; I’m sure you can think of many more words for the list!

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Valentine’s Day Ideas for Science:

If you really want to get to the “heart” of Valentine’s Day, study and learn about the heart! Learn about how the heart is structured, what the heart’s job is, why the heart is important, and how to keep your heart healthy.

You could also include information about the different heart problems people may have. Who knows, you may encourage a future cardiologist or heart surgeon.

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Social Studies:

Social studies include studies of history, geography, cultures, and people groups. Do people all around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day? Here are a couple of ways to include Valentine’s Day in your social studies planning.

Study the history of Valentine’s Day.

Have you ever wondered about the origin of Valentine’s Day? Is this just another holiday invented or promoted by “big commerce” just to make money? Or is there something else behind the holiday? Have your kids research the story behind Valentine’s Day.

Learn about how different cultures and people groups celebrate love.

It’s easy, sometimes, to assume that everyone around the world thinks about things the same way that we do. By looking at how different groups celebrate (or not!) Valentine’s Day will give your kids some ideas about how cultures are different from each other.

  • Learn to say “I Love You” in different languages (including American Sign Language!)
  • Talk about how we should react or respond to people different from us. In your discussion, try to include more than just the color of our skin or where we came from. Consider different disabilities as well. Emphasize that no matter what we look like, where we are from, or what disabilities someone may have, people are the same on the inside.  

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Character Studies:

Valentine’s Day gives us opportunities to talk about our children’s character. We should take advantage of every opportunity to guide our children into becoming people of strong and good character. Here are some suggestions to consider:

  • Always be kind. Even when we disagree with someone, we can still be kind.
  • Treat everyone with respect. Perhaps not everyone deserves respect, but we can treat them like they do. Or perhaps you can rephrase it and talk about treating others with the dignity they deserve as fellow human beings.
  • Be polite to others; practice decency, courtesy, and politeness.
  • Put others first. This is a great way for kids to learn kindness and compassion.

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Art/Crafts:

Holidays are great times for extra art or craft projects. So, let Valentine’s Day guide your art plans for this week. Get out those art supplies and let your kids get creative this week. Do you feel short on ideas? Here are a few for you to consider, and you can find hundreds more ideas online!

  • Make Valentine’s Day cards.
  • Create heart-shaped paper chains.
  • Create a Valentine’s Day collage.
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Valentine’s Day Ideas for Physical Education:

Earlier, we talked about studying our hearts for science. One of the suggestions included how to keep our hearts healthy. Now, take that idea and put it into practice. Focus on some heart-healthy activities you can do with your kids to help your hearts stay healthy and happy.

We are talking cardio exercise! No, you don’t need to go run a marathon, but how about taking a walk? Riding bikes. Jumping rope. Playing games that require running, like soccer or basketball.

Focus on heart-healthy activities this week!

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Community Service:

Many people like to include some aspect of community service in their homeschooling. Valentine’s Day is a great time to show some love to your “community.”

  • Make and take valentines to shut-ins or to a nursing home.
  • Make valentines for your neighbors.
  • Show “love” to a neglected area in your neighborhood and clean it up/pick up the trash.

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Life Skills:

Don’t you love teaching life skills to your kids? That is part of homeschooling, part of life! So, add some life skills to this Valentine’s Day. Make some heart-shaped cookies for your family or to take to others.

Do some simple “chores” for someone who needs help. Practice those life skills while showing love to others.

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Including some Valentine’s Day activities in your homeschooling plans is an excellent way to teach our children that love is far more than romance. Use Valentine’s Day to teach about real love – an unselfish caring and concern for others, putting others first. And if our children learn that while they are young, when it’s time for the romance part of love, they will have a better chance at lasting relationships.

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