Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sending God a Valentine!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate it than to send God a Valentine?

1 Cornithians 13:4 says;
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

I have not done this lesson with the students yet but wanted to share with you what I plan to do to perhaps inspire you to do something similar.

As you may know, I love to chart what the children say and dictate their words onto cards, letters or other work they do.

In beginning the lesson I will ask the children what Valentine’s Day means to them and I will chart it as they speak. I am certain the word “love” will come out of the exercise, and then I will ask them if they would like to make a Valentine for God to tell him how much they love him.

We will make this a large group project and make a HUGE Valentine for God.

Some of the supplies we will use are the following:
Foam Shaped Heart Pieces
HUGE piece of Poster Board (cut it into the shape of a heart)

Each child will be given the opportunity to write, color, paint or draw on the card. For the students who can’t yet write, I will dictate what they say. I know that what they say on the Valentine card to God will be heartwarming and touching.

When everyone has had a chance to write on the card and it is finished, I will pull them into a circle and share what everyone said, colored, painted and drew.

We will end the lesson with reading the story:
My Valentine Story: Giving My Heart to God by Crystal Bowman

As the parents pick up their children, I will encourage them to look at the card with their child.

I hope this inspires you and would love to hear your thoughts.

As always, peace and joy,