I teach the upper grades in my school, yet I continue to see kids who do not even have basic algebra skills in place. As a parent, I'm very aware of what my own children are learning in school. For the most part, I've been happy with their progress, but as they rise in grade level, I'm starting to see more emphasis on a loose understanding of the concepts and less emphasis on skills__particularly skills with arithmetic of fractions. The main problem with what I see with my students and my own children is that kids are taught "concepts" and are not taught skills__unless they're lucky enough to have a teacher who knows better. Most particularly, children are not taught mastery of arithmetic with fractions. Unfortunately, virtually all of their future math education depends on being able to do fractional arithmetic.
Use heart_shaped candy to teach the more simple mathematical arithmetic; like addition and subtraction. Provide children with pre_determined math problems that they can figure out using the sweets. Alternatively, make heart_shaped numeral cards that children can arrange on their desk to solve a math problem. You could give them a total to reach and they must use the cards to create the question. There are websites that offer a vast array of Valentine's Day worksheets. They offer varying levels of difficulty to make them suitable for Grade One to Grade Five. Each set of math worksheets include all the major mathematical problems; addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and even word problems. All these sheets include Valentine's Day pictures. The online math worksheets are also available with pre_written word problems that are all associated with what happens on Valentine's Day.