This post is dedicated with love and sadness to TpT Teacher-Author and mother Teresa Williams who passed away recently.

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

Beautiful words indeed. But may I suggest the following as a more true-to-life representation: “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother… or father, or stepmother, or aunt, or grandmother, or foster parent.” You get the idea. I believe that for a child, it’s all about who’s loving her, who’s supporting her, and who’s helping her feel safe.

TpT Teacher-Authors understand that a holiday like Mother’s Day can be tough for some students. That’s why so many TpT Mother’s Day resources can be easily modified for any special someone. You’ll find plenty of ideas below. Plus, you’ll also read some heartwarming stories about kind gestures parents have done for TpT’ers and the wonderful ways they make teachers’ lives easier.

We asked… “What are some of the ways parents help out in your classroom?”

TpT’ers answered…

The Teacher Gene: Mother's DayThe Teacher Gene
“Working with young children, I welcome any type of help! Some parents who can’t assist in the classroom have graciously volunteered to make resources in their own home. One of the most important ways parents can help, however, is by reading to their children, making learning a natural part of their day, and supporting the school and me (the teacher) in their conversations with their children. The respect and support goes both ways — parents have the most important job in the world! I love to gift my parents with this special keepsake below.”

Try her: Mother’s Day Handprint Poem FREE (grades PreK-1)
A version without the ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ wording has also been included so students can create the project for another special person.

Teaching With a Mountain View: Mother's DayTeaching With a Mountain View
“I love when parents come in during literacy lessons and help with fluency! I have it set up so that they work with the same students each week. It makes such a difference for the students to have that one-on-one time. The parents really enjoy seeing the progress and getting to know other kids in the class!”

Try her: FREE Mother’s Day Activity for the Upper Grades {A Few of My Favorite Things} (grades 2-8)

Primary Playground: Mother's DayPrimary Playground
“I teach 1st grade in a district filled with many eager parent volunteers. I especially like scheduling their help during writing time. I use a writing workshop approach, so students are constantly in various stages of writing (generating ideas, drafting, revising.) My volunteers wander around the room and help out the little ones who are so eager to share their writing with somebody. They also look for kids who seem to be stuck and help them brainstorm ideas for the next steps in their writing. This support frees me up to devote more attention to the student with whom I’m working. Parents also graciously help with tasks such as copying and collating. They’ve even assisted in cutting out TpT game pieces or laminated items!”

We asked… “What’s the nicest thing a student’s parent has ever done for you?”

TpT’ers answered…

The Tutu Teacher: Mother's DayThe Tutu Teacher
“As you can see by my store name, I love tutus. I make them myself, and I wear them for special occasions like holidays or school-wide celebrations. At the end of the school year last year, a parent requested to come in a few times a week to work with a small group of kids on a ‘project.’ Each day she’d pull four to five students. I assumed they were creating a sweet card or poster. On the last day of school, I held a ‘graduation’ party in my room. We watched a slide show of our year in kindergarten, read stories, and took pictures in a mock photo booth. As the parents got ready to leave, I was asked to come to the front of the room and was presented with a gift bag. When I looked inside, all I could see was purple fluff…as I pulled it out, I realized it was a tutu! All around the tutu were pictures that each student had drawn for me. It continues to be one of my most prized possessions.”

Mrs Poultney's Creations: Mother's DayMrs Poultney’s Creations
“When my husband was deployed to Afghanistan a couple of years ago, I was teaching in a small rural school and only a few parents knew he was away. Those parents would sometimes bring me cookies or even a hot meal for my kids and me when they saw I was tired. It was enough to put a smile on my face and keep me going.”

Try her: Mothers Day Craftivity packet (grades PreK-4)
Versions of the activities are included for students who are cared for by someone other than Mom.

Lori Flaglor: Mother's DayLori Flaglor
“The nicest thing a parent’s ever done for me was throw me a surprise baby shower before I left on maternity leave. I was called down to the principal’s office and someone filled in for me while they decorated the classroom and set up all the food. The kids in the class were thrilled to be a part of this happy time in my life. I received many gifts for the baby, but the most special one was a class photo with every child holding up a letter to spell ‘Welcome Baby.’ My daughter is now almost 14 and I still have that framed picture.”

Silly Sam Productions: Mother's DaySilly Sam Productions
“A mother of one of my students used to bring me coffee and a muffin every morning. She genuinely just appreciated what we (teachers) do every day. We still keep in touch, and her son is married now.”

Try her: Mom, You are my RAINBOW! Mother’s Day Card & Book Poem Activity (grades K-5)
It includes options for mama, mom, mother, grandmother, aunt, and even a blank template so students can fill it in as they choose.

Carol Martinez: Mother's DayCarol Martinez
“The nicest thing a parent has done for me was give me a very thoughtful end-of-the-year gift. She knew I collected Depression era glass, and she bought me a beautiful dish to add to my collection. To go out of her way to find such a unique treasure was beyond touching to me.”

Try her:
Mother’s Day Treat Box {FREEBIE} (grades PreK-6)
Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Combo Pack (grades K-4)
There are “fill in” templates to accommodate all types of family situations.

A House Called Home: Mother's DayA House Called Home
“I teach middle school science in Texas. On Labor Day 2011, a wildfire passed through our little town, and my family lost our home. We had only been in school three weeks. I had 150 students and when I returned to my classroom a month later, I could hardly remember all their names. But they had remembered me. I can’t possibly describe the outpouring of love and help that came my way. The parents of my students rallied together to support our little family and in the process created some amazing friendships. That tough year was one of my all time favorites in the classroom.”

Crayonbox Learning: Mother's DayCrayonbox Learning
“A heartfelt thank you and a hug has meant more to me than anything.”

Try her: Mother’s Day Teapot Card Pattern (grades PreK-5)
The sweet message is appropriate not only for Mom but for other great grownups as well!

The Peanut Gallery: Mother's Day

The Peanut Gallery
“The nicest thing a parent has ever done for me was give me a personal, handwritten letter at the end of the school year expressing the difference I had made in her child’s life. I have received a few of these sweet cards and letters over the years and I keep them safe to read on those days when I really need them.”

Try her: (FREE) A Mother’s Day Poem: Find the Idioms (grades 2-6)
Messages to My Mom: A Keepsake Mother’s Day Booklet (grades 1-5)
The pages are designed so that students can make the booklet for their mother or other treasured loved ones such as grandmother, aunt, or godmother.

the2teachers: Mother's Daythe2teachers
“There are many gestures to be thankful for, so I’m just going to go with the most recent… a parent of a student gave every teacher a single white rose during dismissal. No reason, no explanation. Just a beautiful rose from the kindness of her heart.”

We asked… “A family can come in many shapes and sizes. How do you handle a holiday like Mother’s Day in which some students may not have a mom in their life?”

TpT’ers answered…

Curriculum Castle: Mother's DayCurriculum Castle
“Since not all children have a biological mother in their life, we encourage students to think about all the important female role models they know (aunts, grandmothers, teachers) when we discuss this special holiday. If they choose to, students can also make a Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Wheel Craft! (grades PreK-5) that can be given to a special person. We always make sure to have other fun options available for children to complete if they don’t feel like making a craft for Mother’s Day.”

Luckeyfrog: Mother's DayLuckeyfrog
“I’ve always told my students that Mother’s Day is a time to thank someone you appreciate. It can be a mother, grandmother, aunt, friend, teacher… even a dad or male role model. My classes have always known that my father passed away when I was young, so I never shied away from telling them that family doesn’t always look like a mom, dad, brother, and sister. And that’s okay. Family is who loves you, and I have always let my students choose who they want to honor for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or any day like that. My blog post talks about cute, quick, and easy flower pens that my students can make if they like.”

Debbie Bryant: Mother's DayDebbie Bryant
“We use Mother’s Day as an opportunity to celebrate women in general. We look at women’s roles in our lives, in the workplace, in our history, and in different cultures.”

Try her: Multicultural Matryoshka Doll Craft (grades 2-4)

Primarily Au-Some: Mother's Day
Primarily Au-Some

“We typically plant flowers in small pots for students to take home to their special someone. We do it right after our plant unit. We also create a sweet book that is open-ended and can be adapted for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparents’ Day, and other holidays that commemorate loved ones. My kiddos LOVED it last year.”

Try her: I “Mustache” You A Question? Mother/Father’s Day Make & Take Book (grades PreK-4)

Miss DeCarbo: Mother's DayMiss DeCarbo
“I’d love to share a special teaching moment: A few years ago, a little girl in my classroom had recently lost her mother. For Mother’s Day, we’d written letters to our moms, aunts, grandmas — I told my students they could choose anyone special in their lives. This little girl really, really wanted to write the letter to her mom. I was determined to make this experience happy and memorable for her. So the next day, I brought in a balloon and some special ribbon. We put her letter into the balloon, blew up the balloon, and “sent” it to her mother in Heaven. The little girl was filled with joy that day. She taught me some big life lessons that week, and she is a student I will forever carry with me in my heart.”

Here’s to all those terrific mommies, daddies, aunties, grammies, and teachers! who take such special care of little ones. Thank you, thank you, thank you. And to so many TpT’ers who are moms as well, a very happy (early) Mother’s Day to you!

Discover more resources for Mother’s Day, many with easy modifications for whomever the lucky recipient may be:

Feature image thanks to Workaholic NBCT (flowers), The Learning Tree (font), and KH Digi (purple background).