Spread the love this Valentine's Day
Recognising the cultural festivals approaching is an important part of the Culture section of Maria Montessori’s curriculum.
Our children have heard of Valentine’s Day before and may have a vague idea what it is or the special things we do on Valentine’s Day but I think it is the ample opportunity to get talking about it.
A brief history of who Valentine was might explain the customs that happen on or around Valentine’s Day.
For example it is enough to say that Valentine was a priest who lived in Italy a long time ago (circa the third century). In Rome at this time the Emperor, whose name was Claudius, had made it forbidden for anyone to get married. But Valentine didn’t listen to what Claudius said and instead he had secret weddings for anyone who wanted to be married. Claudius wasn’t very happy when he found out and he punished Valentine. Valentine died on the 14th of February and because of this we celebrate Valentine’s Day on the 14th of February every year. We show our loved one how much they mean to us by being extra nice to them and doing nice things for them.
Arts and Crafts Ideas:
Valentine’s Day arts and crafts can be easy and can be done at home with things you already have. A simple handmade card can be cute and sentimental. A card given to a parent or friend or relative will be cherished.
I found this simple yet stunning card at http://www.craftymorning.com/bee-mine-valentines-day-craft-for-kids/
Or this easy heart shaped decoration at http://www.happinessishomemade.net/2013/01/29/easy-toddler-valentine-craft/ is quick and child-friendly.
Songs and Poems:
Songs and poems can be just as nice as receiving a card. I’m pretty sure hearing your little singing any song is only gorgeous but why not try teaching them songs about love.
A classic song and an easy one to teach and learn is “I love you” from Barney and Friends - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPMsHIPpkYY.
Other songs and poems are listed on one of my favourite websites for pre-schoolers http://www.everythingpreschool.com/themes/valentines/songs.htm.
My personal favourite Valentine’s Day song is H-E-A-R-T which is to the tune of ‘Bingo’ and is on the aforementioned website.
Extra Ways to Spread the Love:
|Don’t forget the easiest and cheapest way to tell your children to show their appreciation to someone on Valentine’s Day is to be extra nice to them. Helping Dad to make breakfast in bed for Mum. Cleaning up their toys, helping to make dinner, helping to set the table, being kind to everyone you love and the classic three words that everyone loves to her “I Love You”.|
- Aisling Farley