We are overflowing with valentines. After reading a children’s book about the origins of St. Valentine’s Day, “I” of GAIN got busy. She memorized a Mother Goose poem about St. Valentine’s Day and made some Victorian-style pinprick and acrostic valentines. She also did her own thing with a puzzle and fingerprints. Wow, you can do a lot when only one hour of your day is spent in “school” and the rest of the day is free.
The kids ask, “Mom, how do you spell ______ ?” I remember asking my mom and grandma the same thing. I often write the requested words (usually names) on a piece of scratch paper for them to copy, rather than have the kids get upset because I’m not clear enough when I spell to them. I used to get upset when I asked someone to give me the correct spelling. I would end up doubling a letter or somehow misspell the word.
I think these photos may qualify for Mama Podkayne‘s weekly photo challenge — “cherish.” I cherish the handmade valentines from my children. Their handwriting is captured, their thoughts and abilities are frozen for one brief moment of time, and since they are gifts, I get to keep them. What a warm thought.