A short unit study for Valentine’s Day. Have fun celebrating and learning about the day of love.
The reason that I included Bible verses is that the day is about love. The Bible has many verses about how we are to love other people. Many people are hurt because of a lack of love, so I like to use the day to remind my children to love others. It is also important to know about God’s love. Besides reading verses we play a game.
Besides Bible this study also include history about the day, and a fun writing assignment.
Valentine’s Day is a good time to remember to love others and God’s love for us. 1 Corinthians 13 is often called the love chapter. Read it with your family to learn what love is and is not.
You could use John 3:16 for copy work. On paper write the verse out, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not parish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (NKJV).
In the Love Game you will find Bible verses about who to love and how to love. You need to print the pages on pink or red cardstock. Cut out the hearts. Then cut along the center line. To play the game place the cards face down in random order on a table. Try to match the verse with the love concept. If you make a match keep the two cards and try again. If you don’t make a match turn the cards face down. Then give your partner a turn.
The game is on PDF so you will need Adobe reader. Print the game on cardstock. You could also use the hearts to make a folder game.
Here are some historical facts for your unit study on Valentine’s Day.
The Roman emperor Claudius II wanted a strong army. He thought that if the soldiers were not married they would think more about winning battles than pleasing a wife. So he outlawed marriage.
There was a priest from Rome that opposed the law. His name was Valentine. He preformed Christian marriages for the soldiers. He was imprisoned and martyred on February 14, 270 AD
There are several legends about Valentine. One was that while he was in jail he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter. He sent her a note that was signed, “Your Valentine”.
The custom of giving cards has been around for a long time. In the United States cards were hand made until the late 1800’s. The first mass produced cards were made by Esther Howland. By 1920 several companies were producing cards.
There was also a Roman Festival called Lupercalia. It was celebrated on February 15 with singing, dancing, and races. The celebration was abolished by Pope Gelasius I. Some authors say that this had nothing to do with Valentine’s Day.
I got most of the historical information for this unit study for Valentine’s Day from three library books;
Let’s Celebrate Valentine’s Day by Peter and Connie Roop
Valentine’s Day by Kathryn A Imler
Hearts, Cupids, and Red Roses: the Story of the Valentine Symbol by Edna Barth
For writing have your child make Valentine Cards for relatives. In the card they could list why they love the person. For Dad your child might write,” thanks for playing catch with me”. For Grandma you might write, “I love it when you tell me stories about when you were a child.”
If you are doing this unit study for Valentine’s Day with older children they could read love poems. Then they could try their hand at writing one.
I hope that you have fun doing the activities and learning the history of the day with this unit study for Valentine’s Day.
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