What Do Homeschoolers Do On Valentine’s Day?

951222_frameheart.jpgThis homeschooling family doesn’t buy boxes of Hannah Montana valentines cards. In fact, we rarely do more than buy a card for each other, then wish everyone we see a Happy Valentine’s Day.

This year, to the amazement and shock of our friends and family, we made cards. Simple pink postcards, with a heart decal in the middle, a heart sticker on the top and a note from us. Nothing fancy. Yet, with three kids helping, it did take quite a bit of time and coordination. All in all, we made 20, for our closest friends and family. Then we mailed them. On time, even!

I love the spirit of Valentine’s Day. It’s a day to pay very close to attention to the love we give to people in our lives. It’s also a day to get lots of smiles and hugs. We don’t need cards and gifts to celebrate that. But I have to say, that making the cards was a loving gesture that made us happy. We felt the love go into every card, every message, every signature…

What does your homeschooling family do on Valentine’s Day?

Oh, and BTW, Happy Valentine’s Day, with lots of cyber hugs to you all!

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8 Responses to “What Do Homeschoolers Do On Valentine’s Day?”

  1. momlovesbeingathome Says:

    A lot of times we’ve done absolutely nothing. We just usually don’t really get into the commercialism side of the holiday. But then there are other times that we’ve gone all out. 😉 One year we made valentines much like you described and mailed them to friends and family. It was a lot of fun. 🙂 This year I got my hubby and each of my kids a tiny heart box of candy that had a valentine saying on the front and last night my husband took us all out to eat. I also got some valentine cookies to make later today – that’s a surprise for my family though. 🙂

    Happy Valentines day to you as well!!

  2. Tana Says:

    My husband would be in trouble if he paid Valentine’s Day prices for flowers, chocolates or jewelry. He picks out good cards so we do that exchange, and I make a nice meal we enjoy together. I totally love your idea though. It hits right at the heart of what Valentines Day was really meant to be – appreciating those around us who we love but don’t always tell them in so many words. Next year…

  3. Sheri Says:

    I have to admit we copped out this year and bought our Valentine’s Day tokens. Though we are making a special dessert (a no bake cherry cheese cake) for after dinner.

    In previous years we’ve baked heart shaped cookies and iced them pink and white icing, we’ve made homemade cards and we’ve also made tissue paper roses with green pipe cleaners for stems (that’s a real fun fine motor skills project).

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours Tammy!

  4. Kris Bordessa Says:

    We do an annual Valentine’s Day treasure hunt that leads the kids on a chase for chocolate of some sort. Usually do a nice dinner, sans overly expensive flowers. Sweet and simple!

  5. Mary Says:

    It’s just another one of those ‘holidays’ that we just don’t pay any attention to.

    I love hearing the creativity it inspires in others, though.

  6. Anna Says:

    We do someting bake-y-ish every year. DH and I don’t do anything that I can talk about here. This year the kids are sick and I did not think they were up to making and icing cookies. I am going to make pancakes for dinner, get out the heart-shaped cookie cutters and top them with strawberry preserves.

  7. On Living By Learning Says:

    It was so sweet to not have the kids in public school this Valentine’s Day. No mass production of meaningless cards, no stress over picking a popular card, no, no, no!

    My 8-year-old son made a heartfelt, elaborate pop-up card for his girlfriend. My husband brought home flowers for all the females in the house. Our daughter was so excited, but my son felt left out. So, my husband went back out and picked up a box of chocolates for him. Now, that will be part of our annual tradition.

    So, we do buy into the commercialism, but, hey, I love receiving flowers – especially when there are none outside!

  8. Stephanie Says:

    This year we went to the La Brea Tar Pits. I went with two other homeschool families and we had so much fun that it wouldn’t take much to persuade me that this should be a new Valentine’s Day tradition! My oldest even picked out a nice articulated snake to give a friend for a Valentine’s Day gift (what can I say? She’s mine, poor kid :). Although it could be argued that she had better taste than I did, since I was trying to persuade her to get the saber tooth!)

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