From Mystery of History, lesson 12, we learned that Saint Valentine was actually a man who lived in and around Rome in the third century. He was martyred for being a Christian on February 14, A.D. 269.
In 495, February 14 was declared Saint Valentines Day to replace the pagan festival of Lupercalia on February 15. This date was a pagan festival of love, cupid, and such we now associate with the 14th.
Well, one activity with this lesson was to research chocolate, which we did. Of course, all internet roads lead to wikipedia ~ don't they? We read up on chocolate there (you can to with this link).
To set the "mood" before the kids knew what was going on, we had chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast. Yummy!!!
|cooking on the iron skillet|
|Yum! Chocolate Chip Pancakes, fresh strawberries, and whipped cream (home made even)|
|foil on the inside of the pan; it makes getting the brownies out easier|
|my helper, Thing One, stirring the batter|
|everyone needs a Robin side-kick|