Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day was first celebrated on May 10, 1908 in West Virginia. Since that day, children of all ages have been celebrating the significance of their own mother. 

Because I have been teaching for a quarter of a century, I have tried about every "School Mother's Day Craft" I could ever think of. This year I pulled out one of my oldies-but-goodies! I began making these "Mother's Day Cookbooks," before Gore invented the internet, back in the day of Apple 2e's.  I have loved them every year that I have decided to make them.

Beside being cute and entertaining, I love that these books pull back to the important roots of kindergarten, oral language development using the Language Experience Approach.

To make the book, simply open a document to the landscape formation and divide the page in half. I added a frame this year, but in years past I just left the page blank and left it to the student to decorate. I then called each student up one at a time and asked, "What is your favorite food your mom cooks?" "Tell me how she makes it." Then, I simply type the student's words as they say them. I then print the page and send the two students who share a page off to illustrate. It is a great exercise in cooperation as they have to share 1/2 of the page with another.


To top off our Mother's Day gifts, we painted our own mothers in the style of the old masters. Whistler's mother has nothing on these great kindergarten artists!