Week 5 Story
Note to parents: These weekly stories are intended to be an additional resource as we work together to support the development of your child. These stories will align with the “theme of the week” for our upcoming class. In Week 5, our theme will be “there are many ways to say I love you”. The purpose of this theme is to help the children become familiar with different "love languages".
How to use these stories: When your child joined Legacy Kids, they were given a “stuffy”. These weekly stories will feature their “stuffy”. Encourage your child to have their stuffy with them while you read the story together and discuss the questions below. This process of externalizing the story to someone else (their stuffy) can be helpful as they internalize the principles discussed. Whenever you see "[stuffy]" in the story simply insert the name of your child's stuffy.
Week 5 Story:
[Stuffy] Learns There are Many Ways to Say “I love you”.
Once upon a time, there was a stuffy named [Stuffy]. [Stuffy] was excited for Valentine’s Day! [He/She] loved having a day to celebrate the people that are important to us. [Stuffy] wanted to do something special for her friends on Valentine’s day, but [he/she] wasn’t quite sure what to do.
“Hey Mom,” [Stuffy] said, “I want to do something special for my friends on Valentine’s day. Do you have any ideas?”
“That’s so sweet of you,” [Stuffy’s] Mom replied. “I’m sure they would appreciate anything you did, but one thing that could help you come up with ideas is thinking about what your friends’ love languages are.”
“Love language!?,” [Stuffy] said with a giggle, “How do you speak that language?”.
[Stuffy’s] Mom laughed, “It isn’t a language that you speak. Love languages are the many ways to say “I love you”.
“There is more than one way to say “I love you”?, asked [Stuffy].
“Absolutely!”, [Stuffy’s] Mom replied, and then she asked, “are there other things that I do besides saying “I love you” that show you how much I love you?”.
[Stuffy] thought about it, “I think I feel really loved by you when you give me hugs, kisses, and snuggles at bed time”.
[Stuffy’s] Mom smiled and said, “Oh, that sounds right! You do love that! That means one of your love languages is physical touch”.
“What are some other love languages?,” [Stuffy] asked.
“Another great way to say “I love you” is spending quality time with someone. That means you set aside special time to be with someone one on one and you don’t let yourself get distracted.”
“Ooh, that sounds like my friend Mindy the Meerkat,” [Stuffy] said, “She loves getting to spend time with people.”
[Stuffy’s] Mom continued, “Another love language are words of affirmation. This is like saying “I love you” but it also includes sending notes or letters to tell someone how much we appreciate them and what they do.
“Mom!,” [Stuffy] said excitedly, “I think that is your love language. You love it when I make you cards or write you a message”.
[Stuffy’s] Mom smiled, “I think you’re probably right, I do love that.”
“What other love languages are there?,” asked [Stuffy].
[Stuffy’s] Mom replied, “Another way to say “I love you” is by giving gifts. People with this love language love it when people are thoughtful and give them something to show that they remember birthdays and other special occasions”.
“That sounds like my friend Fiona the Frog”, [Stuffy] said, “she loves things like birthday gifts but she also really likes it when I share food or toys with her”.
“That’s right,” [Stuffy’s] Mom said, “and then the last love language are acts of service. This is when we spend time to help someone work on something or do something for them”.
“Okay, that sounds like Bob the Bear,” [Stuffy] said. “He loves it when people help him with a project or do a service for him”.
“So those are the love languages,” [Stuffy’s] Mom said, “does that help you think of ideas for Valentine’s day?”
“Absolutely!”, [Stuffy] replied, “this is going to be the best Valentine’s Day!".
And that is the end of the story.
What do you think it means to love someone?
Think about some of the people you love very much. What do you think their “love language” is?
What do you think your "love language" is?
When do you feel really loved by your parents?
Image Credit: Love to Know