Note to our students:
In spite of what you might see or hear on the
web or on the news, Mother's Day has no ties to the ancient
People love to credit the ancients with everything.
But they did not invent everything. There's lots of room for
new inventions, and new holidays are being created all the time. Perhaps the
next one will be created by you!
Here's how Mother's Day got
started: Anna Jarvis, an American woman, believed
that all of us forget sometimes to thank our Moms for all they do for us.
(True enough!) Anna Jarvis worked very hard to convince the American
people that we needed one day set aside each year, for each of us to do just that, to
truly and sincerely thank our own Mom to strengthen family bonds.
In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first
Mother's Day proclamation, stating that the observance serves as a
"public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our
country." (This was more of a political statement than an explanation
of the holiday, but it made it official.)
Here's a site to visit that is full of Mother's Day
and plant a seed.
For Mother's Day,
take it home!
Oral Interviews: Suggested project idea for
Have students create a short list of
questions to ask their Mom or Dad or a relative or caretaker. Not all of us
have a mother, but most kids have someone who is important to them. Find out things you don't know, things like: "What kind of
jobs have you had? What clubs did you join in school? If you could travel
to any country or place for free, which one would it be? If you could
change one thing about yourself, what would it be?"
Presentations in PowerPoint format for Mother's Day
Free Templates in Powerpoint format to create your own Mother's Day
Games & Activities for Mother's Day
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