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Did you know that the origins of Mother’s Day goes as far back as the  Greek and Roman times? Or that Mother’s Day is celebrated in 46 countries?

Officially celebrating Mother’s Day in the United States was the idea of Julia Ward Howe, the woman who wrote the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”.  Her idea was to incorporate Mother’s Day with a Peace Day, thus making it  Mother’s Peace Day.  This didn’t totally catch on.

Anna Jarvis  is given credit for being the founder of Mother’s Day ( in the U.S ).  She and others began a letter campaign lobbying for an official Mother’s Day holiday. It caught on, and in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson officially designated Mother’s Day as the second Sunday in May.

How can you incorporate Mother’s Day into your curriculum?  And will you feel odd doing so?  It’s not like you can say, “O.K., it’s time to make me a card now”.

So my question is, do you incorporate Father’s Day?  If you do, then include Mother’s Day too.  Maybe broaden the scope of it.  What would your kids like to do for their grandmother or favorite aunt?  Are there forgotten women in your neighborhood?  Maybe in a convalescent facility nearby?  Children love to make others happy.

For fun printables, worksheets, craft ideas, etc., please check out the following links-

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/mothers-day/

http://www.dltk-holidays.com/mom/index.html

And Happy Mother’s Day!

Ann Simpson

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