There are a few things I am sad about when I think about the Mates not going to school. Valentine's exchange is one of them. I loved this as a child in elementary school. However I realize that not only was that me (and not them) it also doesn't mean much in the scope of things. I think it was the making of the cards and the getting of candy that was the cool part...and that can happen anywhere.
Still, I was a tad relieved when our homeschool co-op decided to do an optional Valentine's card exchange tomorrow at the park. Only there is one rule. No candy. No problem, we understand. Not all parents let their children have candy, not even for Valentine's day. Plus, there are a few kids with special dietary issues and allergies in the bunch so no candy makes it easier.
Handmade was the method of choice this year and First Mate had the idea of making jewelry for everyone, likely because last year he picked out a bacelet for me with Captain Papa's help. He had 15 kids to craft for so we had to come up with something simple and affordable.
So no candy at the exchange but don't you worry, we'll be having a few sweets at home. I even bought a new heart shaped cookie cutter for the occasion. Must. Go. Bake. Cookies.
Happy (early) Valentine's Day if you celebrate!
What do you do for Valentine's Day with the kids?