Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Homeschool Theme of the Week: Valentine's Day!

As you can see, I am still running a bit behind on the posting - but better late than never, right?
Here's the fun Valentine snack my daughter enjoyed recently!

Snack details:
Nutella and strawberries in heart cookie cutters.
Red muffin cup 1:  vanilla yogurt with heart sprinkles.
Pink muffin cups 2 and 4: raspberries and dried cranberries mixed together.
Red muffin cup 3:  yogurt covered raisins and heart sprinkles.
Garnishes:  candied hearts and heart sprinkles.  

Our Valentine's Store was a sweet success!  My daughter thoroughly enjoyed selling and even purchasing Valentine packages for members of the household.  People would come to her and tell her what they wanted to send and dictate a message.  She would add up the cost on her little receipt form, give it to them, check the payment or help them come up with the correct amount, and then we would package it all up and set it on the shelf to await delivery for Valentine's Day.  Oh what bliss when the heart-filled event finally rolled around, and she delivered all of the packages!!!  It was fun for her as well as for the rest of us, AND it gave her practice with life skills, money, and writing (the dictated messages).  

To download your own deluxe store setup (there are two designs in the deluxe version as well as some fun extras not available in the free version) for only $1.50, head over here (I also have a smaller free version in my TPT store)!

Window clings are so much fun - but I wanted to do something extra with them so I glued some rhyming words to a few of the hearts and cut them apart.  My daughter then had to match the pairs that rhymed.

We were also working on compound words a bit this week, so I wrote some compound words on heart doilies, cut them apart, and let her match them up correctly.  Unfortunately I seem to have lost the photos of this activity.  :(

This was a fun matching symmetry lesson using mittens.  I saw this idea on Pinterest and decided it would make a cute winter or Valentine activity.   I drew a design on each of three mittens and then my daughter had to try to copy the design on another mitten to make a matching set.

For some handwriting practice, I had my daughter complete each "You are" sentence with the words from a candy message heart she randomly picked from a small bunch I had given her.  She would then write the words on the line to complete the sentences.

We graphed some candy hearts by color and.....

by message.  

And I leave you with a fun craft that is a great companion to the book "Guess How Much I Love You!"  I think these pictures show what we did better than I could tell in a bunch of words.
My daughter decorated this to look like herself.  We glued traced cutouts of her hands to the accordian fold sentence strip arms.  I wanted to make handprints and cut those out instead to attach, but it didn't happen.

She brainstormed her own way to say how much she loves mommy and daddy ("as fast as I can twirl"), and we wrote that inside the paper.  I loved her response  - it just sounds so much like her.  :)

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  1. Such great ideas. I love the rhyming words match up.

  2. Super cute ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Cute inspiration for next Valentine's Day!! :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by 52 mantels and leaving me a sweet comment!! I'm your newest follower! I love what I've seen so far :)

  4. Oh the heart within the heart is so awesome and creative. I love it.

  5. I love the way you served the chocolate and the strawberries! Genius!

  6. Great ideas! I just became a follower and would love to have you stop by my brand new blog and follow, too! Thanks :)

  7. Oh, these are wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing. [Coming over from Tip Me Tuesday at Tip Junkie]

  8. So very pretty! Clever presentation with the cookie cutters!

  9. Hi! Great ideas! I will have to pin these for Valentine's Day next year:)Dawn

  10. LOVE your rhyming work hearts and graphing conversation hearts!! You always have so much fun at your house! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a GREAT weekend,
    Beth =-)

  11. We did some things like this for Valentine's Day too! I need to make some time to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday tomorrow. Thank you also for your sweet comment on my blog about the Bluebell dress.

  12. I always love your themed ideas and posts!! So glad that you shared it at Things I've Done Thursday!!

    P.S. I launched a great CD giveaway today if you're interested!! :)