Homeschooling Mother’s Day

I don’t remember a lot of specific lessons from elementary school.  Those I do stand out as something out of the ordinary.  Very often, they were craft projects made by enthusiastic hands for my mom for whatever the next national holiday was.  Sure, they consisted of a lot popsicle sticks, pom poms and pipe cleaners glued together in seemingly infinite combinations, but in my imagination they may as well have been the tools of a seasoned craftsman.

I remember those things.  Paper plate baskets with construction paper flowers for May Day, clothes pin reindeer for Christmas, heart shaped men with accordion-like arms and legs for Valentine’s Day.  I remember those things fondly.  They are some of the kinds of things I would like my children to remember when they grow up.

But now we are coming up on Mother’s Day, and something seems strangely narcissistic about setting children to making Mother’s Day crafts.  After all, I am both teacher and mother.

Children, today we are going to make these cute note holders out of rulers and clothes pins.  Don’t you think I’ll like that?  It will give me such a nice place for me to display the work I’ve told you to do.

I could leave it to dad, but he is not overly enthusiastic about holidays in general.  Of Mother’s Day, he simply says,

What?  You only honor your mother one day a year?  What about the other 364?

To which I say any mother has only so much room for potpourri sachets and picture frames made from twigs.  One Mother’s Day a year is just about right.

But I never get anything like that, and my refrigerator is not overcrowded with picture frames made from every material under the sun.  Sure, I get hugs and kisses (and occasional “attitude”) as well as numerous dandelion bouquets throughout the day.  And I obviously wouldn’t trade those for anything.  But a small part of me would like to give my children some of those same memories I have of school as I happily cut and colored and pasted bits and pieces to surprise my mom.

Hmm…Maybe I can just drop them off at Michaels for the rest of the week.  They have some cute projects for mom.

What do you do for Mother’s Day in your homeschool?

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17 Responses

  1. I have thought SO many times of hosting a Mother’s Day crafting day for fellow homeschool moms, but never have gotten around to it. They could drop off their kids (or “hide” in another room) and let the kids work on a supervised project in secret that could be presented on Mother’s Day.

    Of course, that wouldn’t help me… but thankfully, my kids are old enough to do projects on their own!

  2. Slugs aren’t as cool as taking my kids for a morning to make them make something nice for me. But the crown is cool. 🙂

  3. My favorite crafts as a kid were the ones I came up with myself. My mom kept me in craft supplies because creating things with pink pom poms would keep me quiet. The googly eyes were my favorite. I’d wind pipe cleaners on my pencils and make little friends to watch me finish my homework.

    I don’t know what will happen for Mother’s Day. I usually ask for a nap. I’m simple like that. 🙂

    And you never cease to amaze me. Did you write this before, during, or after our chat? (And you don’t have to answer if it incriminates you.) 😉

  4. What, you didn’t look at the time stamp? Homeschool went a little rough this morning because mom was a little too tired, but it was kind of cool, too. My daughter decided to teach my son to read and she makes a pretty good little teacher. They’re all babying me right now. Maybe I should tell them it isn’t my hip that is dragging mom down today?

  5. This is our first Mother’s Day as a homeschooling family and I keep telling my eldest and my husband that the boys will be DEVASTATED if they don’t have a surprise for me on Sunday. (or, at least, I WILL)

  6. Ummmmm, I haven’t even told my kids that it is Mother’s Day, Sunday. (Hubby’s in Afghanastan, so he hasn’t told them, either.) I’m really with your husband. I prefer a year round appreciation. I prefer a craft project they made me just because they thought of it. BUT, two of them have heard ads on the radio and asked if it is Mother’s Day. So, I might get a surprise. They’re pretty good at that. We’ll see. All I want is to sleep, and they always let me do that. 😉

  7. Hey Dana!

    How nice to have you visit my blog again – I have missed your visits friend, but don’t feel bad at all – I know about craziness – I don’t always make it around to the blogs I enjoy either – in fact (sheepish grin) it has been quite awhile since I have been here too. I am always enlightened though when I do visit. I see some of your recent posts beckoning me to read them – like the epidemic one! Can’t wait to read your thoughts. ( :

    I think I am quite a bit like Renae’s mom – I keep a good supplies of craft idea books and supplies around.
    But, my problem is that I have a horrible time not taking over the crafts when the kids are not making them the way I think they should be made. Drives me nuts, so I have learned to back off and let them create on their own accord. I am always amazed at what they come up with and produce on their own! ( :


  8. No Mother’s Day crafts at our house. The kids know my favorite present is waking up to a clean house, lol! Usually they make something in Sunday School though. I always loved the hand print crafts, it is fun to watch them get bigger over the years.

  9. My boys (this year aged 8 and 11) make me breakfast and serve it in bed. They make up the menu and my DH supervises. The kids do the cooking. This year my 11 YO improvised/improved the belgian waffle recipe. Everything is from scratch except this year one son begged for hash browns, frozen from the grocery store (had them at a Boy Scout campout, we don’t buy that kind of food).

    The boys used to make me a card but last year and this year I got a store bought one they picked out at the store with my DH.

    I don’t get any of those crafty things either, that schools make. Although I will say that when I was in public school it was as you describe but in my town now the focus is on academics and the state standardized testing so elem kids and even Kindergarteners don’t make so much of that any more. They are too busy doing work to make crafts. The art they make is structured like copying the style of Van Gogh or being directed that everyone has to paint a tiger and they are told how to do it. I know these things from my friends with kids in the public school system.

  10. What?! No crafts in school?! It shouldn’t surprise me, but it somehow just seems very wrong.

    And that sounds like a very special Mother’s Day. My children don’t have anyone but mom to direct them in that sort of thing, and it just seems weird to do that for yourself. 🙂

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