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Throw a Valentine's Day party for your homeschool co-op

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and if you're a member of a homeschool co-op, this is the perfect opportunity to inject an extra dose of fun into your curriculum for homeschooling! This holiday has been around since the Middle Ages, and it's a special day where people celebrate those they love and care about. Here's how to throw an awesome Valentine's Day party for your and your homeschoolers:

Decorate the room
No Valentine's Day party is complete without the proper decor! Deck out the room in the classic colors of red, pink and white using balloons, streamers and even paper chains that you make together. If your children are older and able to handle scissors, you can also have them cut hearts out of construction paper to tape on the walls.

Create homemade valentines
Exchanging valentines is a tradition on this special holiday. Have each child create a valentine for all the other children in your homeschool co-op, and exchange them during the party. You could have them write something as simple as "Happy Valentine's Day!" or ask them to note something they admire about the person.

Eat some Valentine's Day snacks
Make some time during your busy day for a quick snack break. Here are a few themed treats you can whip up in a flash:

  • Trail mix with red, white and pink M&M's
  • Cupcakes with red or pink frosting
  • Heart-shaped sugar cookies (frosting them can be a fun activity!)
  • Finger sandwiches cut in the shape of hearts (all you'll need is a cookie cutter)
  • Strawberry smoothies

Exercise for healthy hearts
After all that sugar, your kids will need a little exercise! Since Valentine's Day is all about hearts, help your kids be heart healthy by taking a quick 10-minute cardio break. You do some jumping jacks, play jump rope or even have a quick dance party! Tie this in with a short talk about heart health during your science lesson for the day.

Play games
Make sure you have a couple Valentine's Day-themed activities planned for the homeschoolers. This can be anything from tic-tac-toe using candy hearts to a game of bingo.

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