On February 14 each year, a very special occasion happens – Valentine’s Day! Although the day was originally a tribute to Saint Valentine and not necessarily an “ode to love”, many legends and traditions developed over the years that helped the day evolve into the love celebration it is today. And what an occasion it has become! It is estimated that on Valentine’s Day, 1 billion Valentine cards are exchanged. In addition, 8 billion “conversation hearts” candies are sold each year just before Valentine’s Day, and every year 2 million people honor their love on Valentine’s Day by saying “I do”!
In honor of Valentine’s Day and the love it celebrates, here are some fun facts about the day, great ideas to make the day special, and inspirational stories of love at its finest!
This video shows how a girl named Molly decided to spread some Valentine’s Day happiness.
- Here is a website with lots of great Valentine’s Day trivia.
- Here are some other IMK posts that tell stories of great love:
- This post tells an unusual story of love between and orangutan and a dog!
- This post tells the story of the wonderful love between a military father and his daughter.
- This post tells about the love a janitor/coach had for his students and what it inspired him to do.
- This post shows the amazing love and devotion of a father for his disabled son.
- This post tells the story of how a woman’s love for her dog gave her the courage to reach out to others.
- This post tells about a girl’s incredible act of bravery, done out of love for her sister.
Topics for Discussion:
- What do you and your family like to do on Valentine’s Day?
- Which of the love stories above is your favorite?
- This Valentine’s Day, let your loved ones know how much they mean to you!
- Visit the Valentine’s Day page of the Family Fun website for great ideas about ways to make your Valentine’s Day special!
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.