Here are 15 Valentine’s Day ideas, broken down by subject, to add some pizzazz to your homeschooling!
Valentine’s ideas for History and Geography
1. Did you know the original St. Valentine was said to be a Christian martyr? Noting that there are a few different versions of the St. Valentine’s legend, have your middle/high schooler research and create a short oral report about St. Valentine’s life and death and present it to your family.
2. Have your dramatically-inclined student use the above research and create a short play based on St. Valentine’s life and perform it for another homeschooling family.
3. Task your students with researching Valentine’s Day during the Middle Ages and find out what Valentine’s Day had to do with birds. 🙂
4. One of the most common symbols of Valentine’s Day is a Cupid. After defining the word “symbol” for your youngest students, have your older ones research Cupid, draw a picture of one (in color, of course) and include a description of the origins of Cupid on the page.
5. Valentine’s Day is not just an American holiday! Have your student(s) locate other countries where Valentine’s Day is celebrated and do one or more of the following: Make a notebooking page for every country you find that celebrates Valentine’s Day. List the Valentine’s Day traditions of that country and draw a map of each country.
6. Choose one or more interesting traditions and incorporate it into your family’s celebration.
7. Create a world map labeling the countries that celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Ideas for Language Arts
8. Create a word search including the following terms: Valentine’s Day, roses, pink, red, lace, cupid, card, St. Valentine, heart, doves, chocolate, etc.
9. What does the Bible say about love? Instruct your students to find verses that describe the love that God has for His people, for the church and the love believers should have for one another. Choose some of the verses as copy work and/or memorization.
10. Have your students define the word “love” in a paragraph. Have them read about love in the Bible and then revise their paragraph as needed, including Bible verses as references. Use this assignment as a lesson between love as a “feeling” and love as a “choice” and/or an “action.”
Valentine’s Ideas in Science
11. Use this week as an opportunity for a quick scientific study of the heart. Write a short report about the function of the human heart. Include a diagram of the heart, labeling the various parts. Using different colors, show the blood flow into and out of the heart.
12. Make a poster comparing and contrasting the human heart and the heart of an amphibian or reptile. If comparing and contrasting is a new concept you may want to use a Venn Diagram for help.
Valentine’s Ideas for Fun and Family Ministry
13. Gather your construction paper, wrapping paper scraps, ric rac, spare buttons, markers, glue and other craft supplies in the appropriate colors. Take an afternoon off school and construct hand-made Valentine’s cards for friends, family, elderly or shut in neighbors, children at a local hospital, etc. Add a Bible verse about love to your cards and talk about what the verse means.
14. Bake heart-shaped sugar cookies, frost with pink icing and glaze with pink sugar. Include a homemade card and cookies and take to the neighbors, a nursing home or use to create a care package to a college student or two.
15. Start a new tradition! Join with another family or two and assign many of the above ideas to different children. Plan and execute a Valentine’s Party or dessert. Have everyone share their reports and projects, exchange Valentines and then enjoy homemade Valentine’s treats!
And let’s not leave out any of the youngest members of your family — here is an adorable interactive book that will make your babies giggle with glee. (Really!)
What ideas can you add or what mentioned here sparked your interest? What do you do at your house to celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Heart image courtesy of Zoo-fari via Wikimedia Commons