Valentine's Day with the Down Syndrome Foundation

Monica Berns-Conner
Valentine's Day with the Down Syndrome Foundation

Valentine's Day with the Down Syndrome Foundation

I am privileged to be a Down Syndrome Foundation volunteer where one day per month, I get to lead a reading group of individuals with Down syndrome ages four to nine.

We met close to the Valentine's Day holiday this month, so I thought it would be fun to incorporate the festivities within our literacy lesson. Since my idea was last minute, I had to make do with supplies from the dollar store. Remember that writing in proper letter form is adaptable to all grade-level lessons.

Here is an outline of the activity with step-by-step directions. I hope you enjoy it!

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

To start, here is what you will need:

1. Foam hearts

2. Heart Doilies

3. Glue

4. Markers, pens, or crayons

5. Stickers

Also, I used table covers and heart decorations to make the space more festive.

Step 2: Setup in Advance

I glued the foam hearts to the doilies prior to the students arrival. However, you can have students complete this step if you like. Also, I posted the letter form message for all to see. Students may copy the message and make it their own. The important thing is that they use the proper grammar and spacing during letter writing.

Step 3: Bring in Reinforcements

A little incentive for your team of volunteers never hurt anything. I always like to bring a treat (usually donuts) to my team.

Step 4: Use Modeling

Model for students how to write the letter. Some students need more help than others. If you are working with students with disabilities, a little patience goes a long way. You can co-write the message, but give students opportunities to show off their skills!

Step 5: Reward Students

I always like to give students an incentive for hard work. We brought in some toys and balls for students to enjoy once they finished the activity.

Step 6: Give Letters to Parents

Make sure the student gets to write the letter to a person in their household of their choice. Afterwards, it is such a wonderful surprise for parents and caregivers to receive. And look at this great work!

So cute!


I hope you've enjoyed this post. Happy Valentine's Day :)

Valentine's Day with the Down Syndrome Foundation
February 21, 2022
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