Some consider that February 14 is just another date on the calendar, but for others it is Valentine's Day or Valentine's Day, a very special day to celebrate. And as teachers or parents, what do we think about this day? Should it be celebrated in schools? Should we work on it with children? How could we develop it in the classroom?
As a kindergarten teacher, I never miss the opportunity to celebrate Valentine's Day with my students because it allows me work some values very important.
There is quite a diversity of thoughts and opinions regarding this celebration. There are many adults who think that it makes no sense to celebrate this day and even less involving children, but instead there is another proportion of people who do celebrate it.
But we as teachers, we must know bring out the pedagogical side of any celebration that we can carry out in our center, to get the most out of our profession and instill all possible knowledge and values in our students.
From my point of view, in schools, values such as friendship, respect, companionship are worked on every day ... values that could be synonymous with the word 'love'. Therefore, we do not need to celebrate a specific day during the course to work them, but rather takes place on a daily basis. Why are these values so important?
Love is the value that most and best we teach children when we decide to celebrate Valentine's Day. It is about helping them identify when they feel love (towards their parents, siblings, grandparents ...) and to name this emotion.
In Early Childhood Education, boys and girls begin to bond with those people who find more affinity, with whom they like to play and be at school. That is why it is said that they are very strong ties and even become friendships that last into adulthood. And our duty as teachers is to make available to children the necessary means so that these ties unite and that they know how to take care of them and always value them.
Respect for the partner, the adult, the rules, etc. It is important that children from an early age know what limits they should not exceed. We must teach them to treat the other person as they would like to be treated.
It is essential that from a young age children help, share, know how to listen, have empathy, etc. towards the people around them.
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Valentine is a good day for talk about the love we feel towards other people; towards the family, for example: the affection that one has for a mother or father, grandfather, sister, etc. Leading the issue through this aspect, we can carry out the following activities with the boys and girls.
- Talk about emotions
At school, during the assembly, or at home we can start a dialogue with them in which they expose and express their emotions regarding another person (friend, family member, pet…). We must encourage them to try to explain in words why they love, have affection or affection for that living being ... In this way, they will be doing a reflective job and will give a reasoned answer for it. With this simple activity we will enhance critical thinking, verbal expression and the issuance of an opinion.
- Read stories that talk about love
By reading children's stories where fundamental aspects such as love, respect, friendship, companionship, etc. are worked on.
Would you dare to organize a play about love between friends on the occasion of Valentine's Day?
- Make a special craft
People who celebrate it have a habit of giving something to those people who are special to them. We can take advantage of this moment to do some crafts with the boys and girls, thus promoting their imagination, creativity and being grateful to the people we love.
We must emphasize that a gift made by us is much more beautiful than something bought in a store. In this way we will get them to give more value to their own creations.
- Give a gift that is not material
In addition to a handmade gift, they can also be good gifts for Valentine's Day: a hug, a kiss, a walk, cooking with that person ... All of these are gifts that we can also make and that convey to children that gifts they don't have to be material.
- Talk to the children about some Valentine's curiosities
In the case of older children, we can take the opportunity to tell them some curiosities about this date. It will be fun for them and, in this way, they will know the origin of the celebration of Valentine's Day, so they will want to be more involved in it.
Valentine's Day has been celebrated for several centuries, where various legends speak about how it arose, although none of them is proven. Today we all know this day, which has become a claim for department stores and a somewhat materialistic date, thus losing all its meaning and tradition.
Love is held and felt by many different people and we must prove it every day of the year. Wanting and being loved is one of the most beautiful things that exist.
Now, I propose an activity for you: close your eyes and think about how many people love you, you will feel very lucky or lucky to have them.
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