It can be fun to help your students celebrate Mother’s Day. However, it is important to realize that students may have non-traditional family situations. Before undertaking any Mother’s Day crafts, consider the following alternative living situations which may affect your students.
Students may live in a single parent home with a father only. They may have lost their mother to death, divorce, or other situation.
Students may live with grandparents, aunts, uncles, or older siblings.
Students may live in foster care or other transitional living arrangements.
Students may be raised by two same-sex parents.
There are other living arrangements that you may encounter other than those listed above. You want to make sure that you don’t alienate any of your students or cause them any undue stress if they don’t have a traditional family.
You can explain that it is Mother’s Day and then acknowledge that many individuals have special living arrangements that may not include having a mother figure inside the home. Encourage the children to celebrate both Mother’s Day and everyone’s unique situations.
Invite the children to make construction paper cards to thank the people in their lives whom they wish to celebrate. You can distribute paints, glitter, felt, and other craft supplies so they can express themselves and be creative.
Give the students a brief explanation of poetry and ask them to write a poem inside the card. Haiku is simple to explain and easy for children to grasp. Explain the 5-7-5 format and write an example on the chalkboard. Praise the children’s efforts. It’s not important if they do not stick to the 5-7-5 syllable format as long as they have fun.
You can also have the students make a list of all the reasons they admire the person for whom they are making and decorating the card. Let each child attach a packet of flower seeds to the list and decorate it with drawings of flowers.
Ask for volunteers who would like to read their poems or lists to the rest of the class. Make sure that each student gets the opportunity to participate, but don’t pressure anyone who is feeling shy. Let each child make the decision whether to share since it can be a very personal decision based on each child’s home life.
Feel free to share a story with the children from your own childhood. You can tell them about your mother or other relative or guardian who made a difference in your life.