On Sunday, May 9 in the U.S., card sales will spike, flowers will be picked, and breakfast will be eaten in bed. For over a century, Mother’s Day has been used to celebrate the hard work of moms across the country. For an elementary classroom spin on the holiday, have your students try out some Mother’s Day writing prompts.
Although celebrations may vary, the one thing that stays consistent is our appreciation for our mothers, especially after this past year. In 2020, mothers found themselves under even more pressure as they were forced to take on increasing responsibilities with their children at home. The spread of COVID-19 resulted in the home becoming a combined space for both work and the classroom. This forced many mothers into an impossible balancing act when it came to coordinating their child’s care, education, and their own work or daily tasks. As a result, several women left the workforce in order to prioritize their children’s needs, Black, Hispanic, and single mothers especially.
To highlight the hard work of moms this year, start off with a discussion on how the students’ mothers or mother-figures helped them over this past year, with schoolwork, entertainment, or caregiving. Make sure to take into account any blended families in the classroom, or students that may rely on parental figures other than mothers. The Mother’s Day journal prompts below contain a variety of different options to get students into the writing mood, including several options for students being raised by someone other than a mother.
Mother’s Day Writing Prompts
1. How does your family usually celebrate Mother’s Day? What would make the day even more special?
2. What is the hardest part about being a mom? What is the best part?
3. It’s Mother’s Day and you’ve been tasked with creating the perfect card. What does your card say? What picture did you draw on the cover?
4. Pick one celebrity or historical figure and write a journal entry from the point of view of their mom.
5. What is your favorite thing to do with your mom? Is there a place that you like to go with her, or a hobby that you like to do together?
6. If you were rich, what would you buy for your mom to surprise her?
7. Does your mom go to work? What responsibilities do you think she has there?
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