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Teach These Valentine's Day Poems and Songs to Your Kids and Feel the Love


When you're single, Valentine's Day is all about the romantic love between you and your partner. But, when you become a parent, the love (and fun) expands far beyond that to include your kids. When my sons were little, Valentine's Day became a month-long celebration because there were so many great activities to do with them. We couldn't squeeze them all into a 24-hour period. They included learning some terrific songs and poems that my boys loved to re-visit each year. Memorizing these songs and poems builds vocabulary, teaches rhyme, and promotes phonological awareness, the foundation for reading.



Song: Love Is Something Special If You Give It Away


Chorus:
Love is something special if you give it away, give it away, give it away.
Love is something special if you give it away. You end up having more.
(Fold hands in X over your body. Then open and extend upward)


It's just like a magic penny. Hold it tight and you won't have any.
But lend it, spend it, and you'll have so many.
They'll roll all over the floor (pretend to pennies on the floor).
Repeat Chorus


Song: Five Special Valentines
melody: Jimmy Crack Corn


Five valentines – to give away
Five valentines – for Valentine's Day 
"I love you" is what they say
I'll give one to my father today.

Four valentines – to give away
Four valentines – for Valentine's Day 
"I love you" is what they say
I'll give one to my mother today.

Three valentines – to give away
Three valentines – for Valentine's Day 
"I love you" is what they say
I'll give one to my brother today.

Two valentines – to give away
Two valentines – for Valentine's Day 
"I love you" is what they say
I'll give one to my sister today.

One valentine – to give away
One valentine – for Valentine's Day 
"I love you" is what they say
I'll give one to my friend today.

Poem: Valentine's Day

Little red hearts
Are meant to say
I'm thinking of you
On Valentine's Day.

I like to be with you
To talk and to play.
We're all special friends
On Valentine's Day.



It's a wonderful idea to have a collection of Valentine's Day books to pull off the shelf and place in a basket for the month of February. Make them easily accessible so your kids will sit and look at the pages and ask you to read them. My sons loved If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and all its delightful spin-offs. Kids love the humorous pattern that gets them predicting what will happen next.

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