Inside: Use this I Show Love and Kindness Interactive Emergent Reader to celebrate love and kindness with kids.
My son’s middle school just emailed me for a new fundraiser…sending red roses to my 12 year old son in his homeroom class on Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day often gets a bad rap with the overcommercialization. And I get it. The stores are crammed with candy and candy flowers and candy cards.
But you know what? I still love it. Because Valentine’s Day comes once a year and it’s fun to lean into the hearts and the candy and the roses sent to 12 year olds.
Related: Heart Kind or Unkind Sort
Because the real magic of the holiday is all the different kinds of love in this world.
It’s showing people how much you care about them every day–not just on Valentine’s Day–by treating them with kindness. And for our young kids, it’s connecting all the different ways to show love and kindness to the people in their lives.
To help them understand all the different ways to show love and kindness, we can use this I Show Love and Kindness emergent reader set.
Other Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Kids
We love celebrating Valentine’s Day with kids.
We have the Kindness Elves bring ways to spread kindness during February:
We make this Kind Heart, Happy Heart craft:
And we read these Valentine’s Day books:
Oh, Valentine, We’ve Lost Our Minds (chapter book)
How to Use the I Show Love and Kindness Emergent Reader
1. Purchase and download the I Show Love and Kindness Emergent Reader Set.
2. Print out the version you wish to use: color or black and white and cut them apart. I swear by my paper cutter I bought my first year teaching because I can’t cut a straight line.
If you use the black and white version, use these skin color crayons so students can color in the people.
3. On the last page, students can draw their favorite way to show love and kindness to anyone in their life: family, friends, teachers, coaches or pets.
4. Read the book together. You can follow up with partner reading, silent reading, group reading, or reading to a class pet/stuffed animal.
6. Use the Discussion Starters to further the conversation about holidays and why it’s important that we know about how other people celebrate.
7. Students can write or dictate about their own holidays or write about a classmates’ holiday they learned about.
And then celebrate Valentine’s Day with gusto…get all the candy and the hearts and give the flowers. Even to the middle school boys who say they don’t like flowers.
Ready to get the I Show Love and Kindness Emergent Reader Set?