Homeschool Valentine’s Day

Homeschool Valentine's DayWhen we homeschooled, I didn’t want my kids to miss out on the fun I experienced exchanging valentines at school. So, when my son was almost 7 and my daughter was almost 2, I developed a tradition that made our homeschool Valentine’s Day extra special.

Here’s what we did each year for as long as my kids wanted:

As preschoolers, my children always had Montessori-inspired Valentine’s Day activities available for about two weeks before the holiday.  (Similar to activities in my Montessori-Inspired Valentine’s Day Activities post.)

When Will was little, my husband, Terry, and I gave Will a valentine and special gift at breakfast on Valentine’s Day.

Will, almost 8, reading valentine cards to Christina, almost 3 - Valentine's Day 1993

Will, almost 8, reading valentine cards to Christina, almost 3 – Valentine’s Day 1993

When we were officially homeschooling, we started our new tradition. The day before Valentine’s Day, Will and Christina each prepared a valentine holder, often one using two construction-paper hearts that they laced together with yarn and decorated with stickers and drawings.

They also had fun secretly putting together valentines for each other, Terry, and me. They often used materials similar to the tray I show in Montessori-Inspired Kindness.

I lined up Will’s and Christina’s stuffed animals on the sofa the night before Valentine’s Day.  (Will and Christina often helped me choose which stuffed animals – and dolls for Christina – to use.) That night, I prepared a card and gift from Terry and me, a Valentine’s Day card from their teacher (me), and small valentines from each of the stuffed animals. Valentine’s Day morning started with the big Valentine’s Day card exchange.

Christina, almost 5, reading her valentine cards  - Valentine's Day 1995

Christina, almost 5, reading her valentine cards – Valentine’s Day 1995

This was an activity the kids especially loved and wanted to continue for longer than I would have expected. It was both fun and a great reading activity as they enjoyed reading each of their valentine cards.

Later in the day, we typically had a little Valentine’s Day party at home as well.

I love that my kids truly enjoyed each Valentine’s Day and never felt they missed out on a fun experience at school.

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day in your home?

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