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Valentine's Day Writing Activities
Similes, metaphors, alliterations, and more! These Valentine's Day lessons and activities from Read Write Think cover all of the poetic devices that make love poems great. The activities are paired with age-appropriate writing and literature lessons for grades 3 through 12.
Valentine's Day Chemistry
Learn all about the chemistry of love and chocolate; create fun science-based gifts; and more with these Valentine's Day chemistry lessons from the American Chemical Society.
Valentine’s Day Across the Curriculum
A collection of Valentine's Day lessons and activity ideas from the New York Times that cross numerous subjects. Inside, you'll find writing prompts, literature activities, history lessons, economics and finance activities, fine art activities, STEM exercises, and more!
Smithsonian Valentine's Day Collection
A large collection of Valentine's and love-themed artwork, advertisements, songs, letters, cards, and more from the Smithsonian Institute.
A Thousand Kisses: Love Letters from the Archives of American Art
This digital exhibition from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art contains love letters and photographs from famous couples in American History. "This selection of affectionate communiqués to and from American artists gives us insight into the lives of painters, sculptors, illustrators, and others—their relationships, perceptions, and creative energies—from the mid-19th century to the late 20th. They also allow us to empathize with artists through the most universal of human emotions: love in all its permutations."
Today in History: Valentine’s Day
This roundup of primary sources from Primary Source Nexus has tons of neat letters, documents, artwork, advertisements, and more to celebrate Valentine's Day. Inside, you can find historical newspaper coverage, presidential love poems, love songs from around the world, and more.
The Heart of the Matter: A History of Valentine Cards
This digital exhibition from The Strong National Museum of Play explores the history of Valentine's Day cards, the imagery and symbolism of love, and interesting facts on the manufacturing process of the paper products that have come to be synonymous with Valentine's Day.
The Story of St. Valentine
A reading comprehension lesson on the legend of St. Valentine from ABCTeach.com. Includes a multi-choice quiz, vocabulary, and writing prompts.
Fun Valentine's Day Facts for Kids
An informative article that explains the history of Valentine's Day, symbols, traditions, and fun Valentin's facts for kids. From Kids Play and Create.com
History of Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day History and Valentine Match Game form Primary Games.com
The History of Valentine's Day
An overview of the history of Valentine's Day, speculated to have originated in Rome in the year 268. From Safe Search Kids.com
Valentine's Day Puzzles
Print these Valentine's Day puzzles; words sudoku, mazes, counting puzzles, and stepping stones for children to enjoy on Valentine's Day.
Valentine's Day Word Search Puzzles
A large collection of printable word search puzzles, available in easy and medium difficulty levels, from The Balance.
Valentine's Day Puzzle
In this fun learning activity for children the candy has fallen out of the Valentine box! Students must click and drag the candy to put it back into the box. Children practice mouse manipulation and patterns in this fun activity. From ABCYa.com
Valentine's Day Word Search
Valentine's Day Word Search is a fun holiday activity for children of all ages. Puzzles can be created two ways: a small grid with shorter words or a larger grid with longer words. This feature will allow younger children to enjoy the puzzles too! You can print or play online. From ABCYa.com
The Valentine printables currently available on this site are word search puzzles, dot to dot printables, mazes, valentine coloring pages, cryptogram puzzles, word scrambles, a fun card game called "Capture the Hearts", and more.
Cards and Crafts for Valentine's Day
Crafts projects for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children. The crafts use materials found around the house, like egg cartons, cardboard, paper, boxes, string, crayons, paint, glue, etc. Free site with options to subscribe to an ad-free version.
Valentine's Day resources for kids and teachers, including age-specific crafts, activity pages, puzzles, poems, songs, and more. From Kiddy House.
Valentine's Day Resources
A collection of Valentine's Day activity pages, printable coloring pages, crafts, games, and more from Activity Village.co.uk.
February Holiday Resources
A collection of lesson plans, activities, games, stories, and books to celebrate Valentine's Day and other February holidays from Education World.com.
Helping Younger Children Celebrate Valentine's Day
A list of dos and donts from FamilyEducation.com for helping children navigate Valentine's Day.
Silly Valentine Poems for children, kids & adults
A collection of Valentine's Day poems taken from the book "Valentine Poems," compiled by Myra Cohn Livingston. From Brownielocks.com
Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids
Valentine's Day cards, crafts, and animal-themed boxes from DaniellesPlace.com.
DLTK's Custom Dominos
Great tool for any holiday or unit study theme. Pick a theme for your dominoes and then choose color or black and white before printing.
History of Valentine's Day
Learn all about St. Valentine and the origins of the holiday from History.com.
Valentine's Day Crafts and Activities
A collection of crafts, activity pages, puzzles, poems, and more from DLTK's Crafts for Kids.
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Suggested Reading About Valentine's Day
I wanted my homeschooled boys to have a chance at the strange traditions of Valentine’s Day. I wanted them to fiddle with the candy hearts, puzzle over what “Love, Angela” really means when scrawled on the back of a card, and agonize over whether to give out store bought Pokémon™ cards or homemade doily-and-construction-paper cards. Here's how I helped that to happen.
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Do you ever get hit in the face with your own weaknesses as a homeschool mom? Here’s my truth: I'm not a huge fan of holidays. If I'm being honest, I'm not great at creating mind-blowing celebrations, whether it be for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, Pi Day or Halloween. So, when I woke up last Valentine's Day morning, I thought: Uh-oh. It's Valentine's day. And I've got nothing.
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An atmosphere in which real learning can occur exists where the children are nurtured and supported to explore their own personal interests, as well as the world around them. Sharing love is like sharing a treasure. Whether it be through expressing warm thoughts towards one another, opening up and sharing feelings with each other, or just spending some pleasant moments together, it is the essence of the learning process.
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Valentine's Day is coming up. And, guys, even if you haven't thought about it yet, it's highly likely that your wife has. And that she's anticipating something from you.
Especially if she's a homeschooling wife.
Because, let's face it, she doesn’t get a lot of accolades for what she does from anyone else. No "celebration of the 100th time you got Johnny back on task without losing your cool" or awards for "Homeschool Mom Most Able to Overcome Learning Obstacles All On Her Own". Not even any team excellence award. Because -- oh yeah. There is no team. Plus she has to ... Read More »
Valentine’s Day…the holiday of love. While many will be sending chocolates to loved ones, and telling that special someone just how important they are, I’m writing a different sort of valentine this year. And though it might not be accompanied with any candy, my valentine this February is to my love Homeschooling.
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We homeschoolers just love to make things educational, but even die-hard academics have to take a break from time to time and just have some fun! With a day set aside specifically to show our loved ones just how much they mean to us, there’s no better time to get creative and simply enjoy our kids. Here are some fun ideas to make a homeschool Valentine's Day special.
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February 14th - It seems like a day just for lovers. Chocolate hearts, flowers, "I love you" cards… most of us tend to think Valentine’s Day is more for us parents than for the children. And no doubt, homeschooling parents, probably more than anyone, need some time together away from the kids! So how can Valentine’s Day be a teaching opportunity within the homeschool?
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Everybody knows Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love. But why not make it the holiday of learning, too? This special day has its roots in both Christian and ancient Roman traditions, based upon the legendary Saint Valentine.
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Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to have a party. Whether you are part of a support group, co-op, or a class, kids really look forward to Valentine's Day exchanges. When a party is on the agenda, everyone can contribute ideas to make it fun. Here are some tips to plan an easy and fun party.
Plan ahead. To avoid a rush, gather all of the party supplies a week in advance. Let everyone brainstorm ideas until the big shopping day arrives. With list in hand, find games and items for everyone.
Make cards. Challenge everyone to make Valentines for each participant ... Read More »