I find it interesting, given the interesting discussion on praise that we just had, that Valentine’s Day is creeping around the corner.  It may seem unrelated to some, but in my mind if there is one thing that is an even more powerful reinforcer for children than praise it is love.  Pure, unconditional love.  That can be shown through the words you say, the actions you take, and the time you spend together.

So with that in mind, I think it’s time to enjoy some Valentine’s Day fun with the little ones we love and teach.  Show them love, celebrate love, talk about love, and help them show it to others.  Here are a few links for some great Valentine’s Day ideas.

Here at NJC:

Valentine Art You Can’t Buy

Turn to an Old Custom for a New Tradition on Valentine’s Day

Will You Be My Valentine? (Includes links to the Candy Heart Count activity with its new and improved printable!)

Valentines, Friends, and Communication (Study unit with activities.)

I’ve also found loads of great Valentine’s Day activities and printables that I’ve been pinning to my Valentine’s Pinterest board.  Among my faves:  Treats like these Valentine Jelly Pops, lots of printable Valentine’s like this one, and awesome creative activities like this tree of hearts collage.

And you may want to pick up a lovey dovey free printable for yourself like this, this, or this  (pictured at top).

More than anything else, find Simple Ways to Show Your Kids You Love Them.

I’ll be back next week with more Valentine’s Day activities, and linking up with Mandi Ehman of Life…Your Way, where you’ll find V-Day ideas galore!



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