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Making Valentine’s Day Educational

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. However, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints with the name, and all are believed to have been martyred on February 14. The stories range from a man who performed secret marriages for soldiers in love, to one who healed a girl of her blindness. Although the origin of the true Valentine is not clear, archaeological evidence confirms that a Saint Valentine did exist.  It is the combination of legend, mystery, love, and history that makes Valentine’s Day a fascinating topic for study at almost any age.

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There are many ways that you can incorporate learning around the holiday of love. From craft projects to essays on the history of St. Valentine, February 14th offers a great opportunity for homeschoolers to mix learning with fun! One of the great advantages of homeschooling is the flexibility to build lessons around special events and holidays. This year, do more than just send out some valentine cards – make Valentine’s Day an educational experience!

  • Make a Valentine’s Day lapbook! Lapbooks are wonderful hands on ways for children to learn and do at the same time. They incorporate facts, creativity, and fun all together, and give children a “finished product” they can refer to later on. For ideas on a Valentine’s Day lapbook, consider these lapbook resources:
Rebecca Capuano

Rebecca Capuano is the stay-at-home mom of three children (one of whom is in heaven) who also makes attempts at being a homeschooler, writer, photographer, scrapbooker, and truth-seeker. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from East Carolina University, and has worked in a variety of capacities (including group homes, day treatment centers, and public schools) with at-risk children and staff, including developing a therapeutic and educational day treatment center for delinquent youth in Wilmington, North Carolina. She currently resides in Virginia, and has written on a variety of topics for both and Home Educators Association of Virginia. Rebecca believes that family is created by God as the most fundamental institution in society, and she is dedicated to helping families nurture their children to become responsible persons of character and integrity.

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