Monday, May 9, 2011

Celebrating Mothers

Mother's Day may have been yesterday, but that doesn't mean that the teaching opportunities aren't still available.

We can understand why Mother's Day is an official holiday in many countries around the world.  Mothers not only give birth, but give hope for a better future and world.

"Grandmother remembered her, a daughter she had loved, loved harder than any other, harder than she loved the night breezes or the brackish bayous or even the man who had been her husband.  Harder than that.  Oh yes, Grandmother had loved her beautiful daughter."  Pg. 40 Quote from:  THE UNDERNEATH by Kathi Applet

Wikipedia tells us:  "The modern Mother's Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in March, April, or May as a day to honor mothers and motherhood."

By scrolling down on this link:
There is an amazing chart with flags of different countries showing the celebration dates of their Mother's Days.  Students would find this chart interesting, and it is probably something they haven't thought much about before.  The chart is a testament to wonderful mothers everywhere.

Mothers have a special bond with their children, and the words motherhood and maternal bonds have special meanings.  Mother is a word that means love that lasts forever.  

When preparing cards or maybe planting seeds in cups for Mother's Day, teachers have to remember a harsh reality of life.  Some children may not have mothers who are in their lives each day; they have mothers they can only visit or that live elsewhere, or mothers who choose not to be in their lives. 

With that idea in mind, allow students to choose to whom their Mother's Day gifts and cards go to, which may be a grandmother, step-mother, sister, father, or a neighbor.  Children know who is meeting their needs and to whom love should be expressed; so by allowing them to pick an important woman, or important care giver - you are allowing every child to celebrate their 'mother'.

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