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Busy, busy day today.  Planning a surprise for a friend.  Love surprises.

And lots of fun valentines projects and planning. We worked on some more "heart" math:


On this sheet Little O had to estimate how many candy hearts would fit in the heart shape (he guessed 10).  He then counted them out and wrote how many actually fit. (14)

I found the sheet at on the Valentines page. She has *so* many wonderful ideas and we'll be using quite a few of them over the next couple of weeks.  (for that worksheet scroll to the middle of the page and it's on the right.)

We're working on 1 John 4:14 as our memory verse.

"We love Him because He first loved us."

I made some visual cue cards to help him practice.  (If you are a seamstress please avert your eyes.)


I just printed a photo booth picture of us and clipped out some shapes from fabric scraps and then sewed them all on index cards.


It works like this:

We = (picture of our family crammed in a photo booth)

Love Him= (little felt heart)

Because= (little bee and letter B for know...*Be*cause)

He first= (1st place Blue Ribbon...yes, that's what it is)

Loved= (little felt heart #2)

Us= (picture of our family crammed in a photo booth again)

And then I just printed out the reference for the last card.

He seems to like them so I think I'll keep making them for more verses, re-using the ones that I can like the heart for love and the pic of us for we etc.

Remember the birdies I was working on for our "Valentines Clothesline"?


This is our clothesline/bulletin board.  It's in the entryway of our house know..I'm not gonna be featured on Design*Sponge anytime soon, but it works for us and makes Little O so proud.


I created the little hearts on the computer based on 1 Corinthians 13 and then strung them on baker's twine.  I used several versions of the Bible (gotta love Bible Gateway!)  I wanted the boys to focus on the things love really is and isn't this month along with all the candy and parties and stuff. 

And guess what.  The O-man turned them into a pdf for me so I could give you a copy!  Cool, huh?

Just click here and download.  (you of course need Adobe which you can get for free here.)

We also worked on this:


I asked him what love is to him and this was his answer "snuggling with mama", which seems really sweet except that in reality that was his *second* answer, his first answer was, "playing Mario Galaxy with Mama because she can beat the big guys."   That wouldn't fit on the heart though.

The picture he drew above the words, "snuggling with mama", just in case you can't tell, is, in his words, "a heart and a mousepad"...yeah....I'm gonna need some therapy on that one...

If you would like a copy of this worksheet (and you aren't scared of what your kids will write or draw) you can get it at, here.  (another really great resource by the way.)

I so love doing all the pre-k/kindy stuff with my little guy.  I don't want to think about the day he is too old to do it anymore. 

Teen O is completely uncooperative with me when I try to get him to use candy hearts to make a model of a chemical compound. hmmph.
"Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. Don't assume that you know it all. Run to God!"
-Proverbs 3:5