Pre-School Kids Learn Meaning of Valentine's Day

Published 02/13 2014 05:26PM

Updated 02/14 2014 10:22AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Valentine's Day has become an all-out affair for kids, especially for young children.

KQ2 asked the 4-year-old Pre-Kindergarten students at Hosea Elementary one simple question, what does Valentine's Day mean to them.

"It means that you care about everybody and you give cards to everybody so they can give Valentine's cards to you," says Elizabeth Escarcega.

Elizabeth, like every other student in Ms. Chesney's class had the chance to be creative. They made cards, painted, and even exchanged gifts.

Chesney says she wants to teach her kids about the true meaning of giving and not just about receiving treats.

"The importance of caring about each other and the importance of sharing with each other and showing that we care and developing that sense of empathy which is so important that young children be able to develop," says Ronda Chesney.

Students not only knew the meaning but had a perfect understanding of what Valentine's Day is all about.

"It means that you love everybody," said Brody Stanley.

"It means we celebrate valentines. You  are supposed to be nice and share," added Sydney Bryant.

But for other students, Valentine's Day has a special meaning.

Escarcega expressed to KQ2 her meaning of the holiday and her likeness for a fellow classmate.

"I like him and he looks so nice," added Escarcega.

Chesney says she hopes her students take what they learned today and take it with them later in life

"Well, it's part of life and it's and adult strategy actually that we need to have and when they learn it when their young then then it carries through with them as they continue to get older and as they encounter different people in the course of their life," added Chesney.

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