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I Love You More


Read to children Jack Prelutsky's poem "I Love You More Than Applesauce." (The poem was originally published in Prelutsky's book, It's Valentine's Day. You might be able to find a copy of the poem online by searching for its title. [example 1] Talk about some of the things/people your students love the most and make a list of their responses on an easel pad. Review the list with children. Then give each child a large pre-cut paper heart shape. Let children copy the words "I love you" onto their hearts and then illustrate the people or things they love the most.

Note: One teacher's students wrote their own "I Love You More" rhymes.


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Sue LaBella, Education World's early childhood editor, is a former teacher who loves writing activities and poems for young children. She lives in Connecticut with her family and her bulldog named Daisy.

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