Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to spend a few moments talking about special women in the life of the children you work with. Remember to think ahead about each child and be sensitive to any kids that may not live with their mothers and check in with their family members for suggestions on who they could focus on. If you have time, you could also request a photo of the individual to be sent in to complete a special project during speech.
Begin with a Book
There are a large selection of books that focus their attention around mothers, special women figures in a child’s life, and Mother’s Day. Here is a list of some of the more popular titles to look for in a library or book store:
- The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
- Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
- Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse
- Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
- The Night Before Mother’s Day by Natasha Wing
- Happy Mother’s Day by Mercer Mayer
- Fancy Nancy’s Marvelous Mother’s Day Brunch by Jane O’Connor
- The Berenstain Bears and the Mama’s Day Surprise by Stan and Jan Berenstain
While reading a few books, keep a list of words that describe mothers and special women from the stories. What types of items do these mothers do for their children and others? When you are finished, add additional words that the kids mention about their own mother. These will be especially helpful for the follow up activity.
A Poem for Mom
Acrostic poems are a great way to allow children to practice using descriptive words, writing, and doing something creative. Children love poetry, especially when they are able to do it for someone that they love. Give everyone a piece of scrap paper to draft their own acrostic poem. Share an example:
Depending on the age group, more assistance may be needed. Older children can be challenged to write longer poems that say “I love you, Mom,” or something similar. When the draft is finished, copy it onto a large piece of construction paper and include a photo from home or have the kids draw a picture of the person they are writing about. When sending home the poems, be sure to explain what an acrostic poem is for families that may not be familiar.
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