Everyone knows Valentines Day! February 14th, the day where couples buy each other chocolates, flowers and all manner of gifts. It’s a day for people to show love and affection to those around them.
There are several legends surrounding the life of Saint Valentine. The most common is that on one February 14th during the 3rd century A.D., a man named Valentine was executed by the Roman Emperor Claudius II after being imprisoned for assisting persecuted Christians and secretly marrying Christian couples in love.
As the story goes, during Valentine’s imprisonment he tried converting Claudius to Christianity. Claudius became enraged and ordered Valentine to reject his faith or be killed. He refused to forsake his faith, so Valentine was beheaded.
Legend also tells of another story that happened during Valentine’s imprisonment after he tutored a girl named Julia, the blind daughter of his jailer. The legend states that God restored Julia’s sight after she and Valentine prayed together. On the eve of his execution, Valentine supposedly penned a note to Julia and signed it, “From your Valentine.”
Classroom Activities and Lessons
3D Pop Up Valentine’s Day Cards
Valentine’s Day Around The World
Talk about how Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world. For example in the UK, it is more common for women to receive Valentine’s Day presents; whilst in Japan, men receive gifts on Valentine’s Day while women receive presents on White Day, in March. You can lead into this discussion with reading or simply by asking students what they know about the day.
Write Valentine’s Day Poems
You can introduce this activity with one as simple as “Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, and so are you.” The children can decide to write a Valentine’s Day-themed poem or not. Depending on the ability of your students, you may want to introduce a few examples and have students follow the rhythm of one of them.
Non School Uniform Day
If your school allows it, you might consider bringing in small chocolates or candy hearts for your students to enjoy. If you bring in candy hearts, there is even a reading aspect to them so you can discuss the different messages. You can also encourage students to wear red, white, and pink to get them in the holiday spirit.
The Teacher Wife blog has a post all to do with little creatives tasks and activities that she has found and I have to say, they are very cute and fun. And look as though they would go down well with any young child.
We believe that our very popular Give A Little Love resources will go down an absolute treat.
Below I have picked out a handful of resources that I believe will be suited to work with Valentine’s Day; a day all about showing love and affection to those around us.
We hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for how to take part in Chinese New Year.
If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added into the topic calendar!).