The Homeschooler’s Guide to Valentine Unit Studies

You can make Valentine’s Day fun and educational at the same time! Take a break from your regularly scheduled programming, and try one of these unit studies.

To plan for your unit study, simply scan through the lessons and choose the ones you want for your students. Make sure you print the coordinating printables. Gather supplies around your house or add them to your shopping list. Then you are ready!

Literature Based Unit Studies & Lapbooks

Chocolate Unit Study and Printables from Homeschool Share
Seriously? Chocolate? Yes. You can study anything, and the topic of chocolate provides lots of lessons: rain forest, process of making chocolate, all kinds of math fun (graphing, fractions, and more!), creative writing and thinking, nutrition, and cooking. Maybe your homeschool needs something fresh and exciting? This could be your free ticket to entice your kids to come running for school.

Cranberry Valentine Unit Study and Printables from Homeschool Share
Cupids, ribbons, roses–we all know the Valentine’s Day symbols, but what do they mean? Find out with this great literature based unit study! This unit also provides lessons on the post office, letter writing, holidays, ratio, the human heart, blushing (why do we blush?), and cross hatching (art). Don’t forget to finish out your unit by making the cranberry upside-down cake; the recipe is provided at the end of the book.

Frog Went A-Courtin’ Unit Study and Printables from Homeschool Share
This classic book is based on an old folk song and has been crowned with a Caldecott for its superb illustrations. The unit study we have for this title is packed full of great lessons: Scotland, France, Appalachia, animal classification, frogs, ballads, repetition, apostrophes, pronouns, similes, story sequencing, song writing, monochromatic art, caricature, details and art, and more! Lots of great printables accompany the lesson.

The Valentine Bears Unit Study and Printables from Homeschool Share
Such a sweet story by Eve Bunting. Mr. and Mrs. Bear usually sleep through Valentine’s Day, but not this year. Learn more about St. Valentine, insects (especially ants), make your own “chocolate covered ants,” write a poem like Mrs. Bear, make a list, discuss ways to love others, memorize John 4:7-8, think up some synonyms, and play with rhyming words, too. My oldest son loved this unit study when he was in early elementary.

The Valentine Cat Unit Study and Printables from Homeschool Share
A long fairy tale in picture book form, this study is suitable for 3rd-4th graders. This unit includes so many lessons; you will have to click the link to see them all! Lots of various topics of study are included: antonyms, prepositions, fairy tales, types of sentences, compound words, the human heart, fire, pet care, cats, polygons, Denmark, Medieval times, Medieval jobs, and even Medieval punishments. Don’t miss this one!

 

Thematic Unit Studies

History of St. Valentine and Valentine Symbols Unit Study from Free Homeschool Deals
Learn the history of St. Valentine along with the meaning behind Valentine symbols with this unit. Unit includes lessons on history, geography, language, science, and more. Printables are provided for activities such as crossword puzzles, dot-to-dot pages, and color by number.

Love Your Neighbor Unit from Proverbial Homemaker
This unit focuses on how to love others. It includes a devotional, scripture cards, a way to bless your neighbors, and copywork. If you can’t afford to spend an entire week on a unit study, you could get this one done in a day.

Unit Study Helps

Here are a few bonus finds to help you with your study. You could use the notebooking pages for an older student who is completing research independently.

Valentine’s Day Notebooking Pages, Cards, and More!

Valentine’s Day Notebooking Pages

Valentine’s Day Love Quotes and  Copywork Pages

 

Looking for more Valentine’s Day fun? Try our Valentine’s Day Pinterest board

 

Are you going to include some Valentine’s Day fun into your school lessons this year? We would love to hear about it!

February Making the Days Count Activity Calendar

Love is in the air!  Of course you know that February holds the love holiday, Valentine’s Day, but did you know that National Random Acts of Kindness Week is also in February? What a wonderful way to teach your children about loving others!

February presents many other opportunities to make the days count with your children as well: celebrating African American History, gobbling up ice cream for breakfast, learning about past presidents, and baking cherry pie! Click on the image below, choose a few ideas from this month’s activity calendar, and make your days count!

 

Making Valentine’s Day Special

Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to lavish your little ones with love. I thought we could share some fun ways to make the holiday special and memorable for our kiddos! If you have other ideas to share, please do so in the comments below!! I’d love to hear your ideas for making your kids feel special and loved! One of my FAVORITE things about homeschooling is making the seasons and holidays special, fun AND educational!!

We LOVE this idea that we first saw on pinterest, originally pinned from Skip to My Lou!

Give your kids a HEART ATTACK for Valentine’s Day! 🙂

Memorize 1 Cor. 13 ~ the Love chapter ~ with your children!

We brainstormed words things that we associated with LOVE and put them on a bulletin board in our school room.

Lots and lots of HEART crafts!! Check out this perfect preschool craft from Ami’s blog.

While you are making treats for your family, don’t forget to take treats to the neighbors!

Make sweet valentine cards for friends and loved ones!

 LEGO hearts for your Lego lovers!! (pic from Ami’s blog)

 Have a Valentine’s Day tea! (and use the good dishes!)

 Make some love bugs together. 🙂

 

No party is complete without SPRINKLES

 What about some Valentine’s Day math?? (from our friend Cindy’s blog)

 Valentine Bears lapbook and unit study! 

We have also searched the web for you already and found TONS of great ideas for Valentine’s Day!

Check out our Pinterest board full of luv.