I remember as a child looking forward to Valentine’s Day. I would prepare each valentine for my classmates with care and wake up every Valentine’s Day morning with a card and a yummy box of chocolates on my breakfast plate. For months after, I would organize and sort through all those lovely cards. Valentine’s Day has always had a special place in my heart . . . no pun intended! On my daughter’s first Valentine’s Day in preschool we had so much fun making all her friends a special valentine. She took such immense attention to detail in decorating each and every one. I was relieved that we started weeks before the holiday or I don’t think we would have been done on time. Each year since her first Valentine’s Day, we still make her Valentine’s. This has become a tradition, one I enjoyed as a child that I can now share with my daughter. In our preschool Discovery classrooms, the children decorate bags or boxes to prepare for their Valentine cards and treats. It is so fun to see the Valentine’s they pick or make to pass out to their friends. I especially enjoy the excitement they have opening their bags after being filled with cards and candies. Looking and inspecting each valentine!
Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful occasion to express to others how much we care, love, and appreciate them! It does not have to be a holiday where you need to buy cards or gifts, but instead an opportunity to make Valentines for others or spend quality time together as a family. “It’s never too early to help children express love and friendship in ways that transcend materialism. Because young children are concrete thinkers, it’s hard for them to understand a concept that can’t be represented by objects. However, by watching you give gifts of kindness, time, compassion, respect, and thoughtfulness to the people you love – not just on holidays but throughout the year – they will learn that “I love you” means so much more than three words inscribed on a candy heart” (Alvin Poussaint, M.D.). Have fun this Valentine’s Day expressing your love to those that mean so much to you. You don’t need to spend a cent, because love is free and is the best gift of all!
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