Learning Reading Skills With Valentines

Writing Valentines for others is a simple way to help emergent readers and writers learn essential reading skills.

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post about my daughter's Valentine's Day cards she received at school.  The teacher asked each child to simply write something on the cards.  As a three-year-old who had just learned to hold a pencil correctly, this took us days! We bought cheap cards and handed those out.  Instead her friends' parents did the Valentines for the children.  I was aggravated, to say the least!


This year, we spent a lot of time writing not only her name, but each of her friend's names.  Why?

Because she learned a lot from this activity.

She learned lots of letters.  We talked about the letters in her friends' names and found them around the house and world.  What a great way to learn letters!
Writing Valentines for others is a simple way to help emergent readers and writers learn essential reading skills.

She learned how to form letters she wasn't sure about.  We practiced "s" a LOT!

She practiced writing her own name and other names as well.
Writing Valentines for others is a simple way to help emergent readers and writers learn essential reading skills.

She picked out cards for her classmates that made the most sense for each one.  We read them, and she told me who got which cards.

Most of all, she learned perseverance!  Because of our busy week of basketball, we did most of the cards on Sunday afternoon.  This took a lot of time, and she was exhausted, but we finished all 15 of them!
Writing Valentines for others is a simple way to help emergent readers and writers learn essential reading skills.

No matter the age, have your children write their own Valentines cards this year.  Even if it is just a few squiggly lines for the name, your child is still learning an important lesson!

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4 comments

  1. I love this post. So much learning comes from those real world experiences!

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    1. It's amazing how much happens with what looks so simple. So much learning in such a little way!

      Andrea

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  2. I can't agree more! This is our project for tomorrow night!
    Haley
    Owls and Lessons, Etc.

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  3. This is real life learning! I love it!

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