Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th and because we recognize the importance of celebrating the folks in our lives who show unconditional love, encouragement, and appreciation, we asked TpT’ers to share blog posts about their moms, dads, and other important role models and caregivers in their lives. We also asked them to share something very meaningful they’ve experienced or done with their students. The responses were quite profound. Thank you for all you do every day, teachers. We know you are caregivers in the purest sense of the word, and lots of you are parents as well!
- Many moms are teachers, too: “There are moms, and then there are moms who are teachers. I want to take a moment to acknowledge and be inspired by all the teaching moms out there. You not only help raise 20+ students each day, but you then go to your own home to do the same thing. Being a mom is hard work!’ says Shelly of The Write Stuff in her blog post Celebrating Mother’s Day and Father’s Day where she links to some creative and beautiful resources.
- Is there EVER really work-life balance? When Lindsay Jervis became a mother, she felt inspired to write a post called Mother’s Day Cards from the Music Room where she says, “I’m very glad that I am still teaching; I think it is where I am supposed to be. When I do get home, though, I like to spend that time with Ellie and not planning lessons. How do you balance kids and a job??” To make your planning a bit easier: “In honor of Mother’s Day, I also posted some sweet little cards that your kiddos can make for Mom that also help to practice ta, titi, and ta rest.”
- Put kisses on the program. Jennifer Drake puts on a Mother’s Day tea with her students. “Each child decorates a program for Mom. It details our order of events (including Refreshments, Kissing, and Conversation) and song list. The back of the program has a poem with a tea bag, and the back of their lapbooks have their flowerpot hand print and poem!” Read about the entire event in her blog post: Mother’s Day Lapbook, ‘Diamond’ Necklace and Tea! featuring links to her Mother’s Day resources.
- There’s no such thing as a “traditional” mother: Sandy of Sweet Integrations blogs, “I thought I was going to have a traditional family but I was totally wrong. I found myself divorced with a 7-year-old and struggling to be a good teacher and responsible mother to my young daughter. After four years, I married the most amazing man. We’ve been married for over 28 years and have a 26-year-old daughter.” Sandy draws parallels to modern teaching by adding, “We are no longer teaching with paper and pencil. We are teaching students who expect to use technology in their everyday activities. I’ve enjoyed my transformation as a teacher and facilitator. My role has become more challenging but more meaningful and enjoyable as I see students take ownership in their learning.” Read more of Sandy’s post called 21st Century Learners and Mothers.
- Host a ‘Muffins with Mom, Sister, Auntie, Grandma, Neighbor’. Jen aka, Teaching in Tongass has done this for seven years running now. “I make it very clear that any and all women are invited to Muffins with Moms. I work in a Title I school, and not all moms can make it. Some are working and can’t take the time off. Some are busy at home, are in prison, live in another city, have passed away, or just plain refuse to come into school for whatever reason. I have this honest conversation with my kiddos. We come to the conclusion that if it’s not their actual ‘mom’ that comes in, it’s no biggie. They can invite their grandma, or auntie, or neighbor lady that lets them jump on her trampoline in the summer.” Her step-by-step preparation and craftivity are included in her blog post, Muffins with Moms.
Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home. – Mother Teresa