Valentine’s Day Love and Language Skills
Holidays are a great time to work on speech and language skills with children. They get excited to share their traditions, craft, and learn more. Valentine’s Day is especially helpful to get kids to talk about their feelings. While the focus may be on love, you can also dive into family, friendship, sharing, and other similar topics.
Literacy Connection with Books
Books about Valentine’s Day are very popular in classrooms and libraries. Check to see if students will be using any in a unit within their classroom. If you want to do select another book to create a lesson, some great possibilities include:
- The Night Before Valentine’s Day – by Natasha Wing
- Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine – by Herman Parish
- The Day it Rained Hearts – Felicia Bond
- Valentine’s Day is…. – by Gail Gibbons
- Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart – by Jane O’Connor
- Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! – by Laura Numeroff
These are just some suggestions of books that children enjoy. Read, react, and talk about the story as you read. Have the children ask questions for you, and give them chances to make predictions. Talk about new vocabulary and think about connections to goals with each individual. For older children, you may also find books in both languages that they speak to compare and contrast them.
Valentine’s For Home
After you read a book, think about making some Valentine’s with the kids. Perhaps have one that you already made for each of them to use as a model. Bring in fun colored papers, stickers, glitter, and have scissors, glue, and creativity ready. Remind the kids to address it for a special person in their life at home. They should have a message inside. For older children, encourage them to practice their writing skills. Younger children may need help if they are shy about utilizing inventive spelling. Practice saying words and getting them to hear all of the different sounds as they talk.
Children love candy conversation hearts. Make some of your own with laminated paper, or larger foam heart cut outs. For younger children, you can place pictures and/or words on the hearts to talk about the words, sounds, or practice their language skills. For older children, you may want to put a question for them to use as a talking prompt.
These hearts would make great items to take home for practice away from your sessions. Be sure to check with parents to see if they would prefer you to write translations on them or a sheet about the topics to assist. The more comfortable everyone is with the items, the more they will be utilized.