Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Did You Know?: Cupid is commonly used as a Valentine’s Day symbol but erroneously referred to as a cherub. A cherub (or cherubim in plural form) is actually a spiritual being/creature, which according to the Bible, is associated with the presence of God or God’s throne and having the likeness of four living creatures (Ezekiel 1:6-10). The baby or toddler angel-like figure depicted in art and sometimes confused with cupid is actually a putto (or putti in plural form) meaning ‘little man’.
Vocabulary Target Words: candy, Cupid, February, flowers, gift, greeting cards, heart, holiday, legend, love, Saint Valentine
Love Theme ~ discuss love from any of these perspectives: You Are Loved; Love Is…; Without Love…; Where Does Love Come?
Continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. ~ 1 John 4:7
Who is Saint Valentine and why we celebrate the holiday? ~ Read Valentine’s Day by Gail Gibbons or The Valentine Express by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace.
Valentine’s Kindness ~ prompt the child to express, draw or write about ways they show they care. This can be done in a list form too, such as 10 ways I show I care and can include family, friends and their community.
Language ~ Teach about proper nouns, apostrophe use and abbreviations using Saint = St.; Valentine’s; Valentine’s Day
Play a phonogram or word family game ~ Create a word list of Valentine’s themed words to work with then choose one. As an example, rose (-0se): chose, close, hose, nose, those, etc and continue with other words to see how many you come up with. Michelle from Apples and ABC’s blog came up with a similar game using heart shapes which she posted about here.
Heart-Healthy ~ discuss the importance of good health habits with a lesson on nutrition and exercise. The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide To Fitness by Lizzy Rockwell is a great book for this type of lesson. Other health and nutrition ideas and resources.
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