Free Mother’s Day fun facts – the history of the holiday, why it’s celebrated, for kids. Great for copywork, handwriting, recitation, multi-age homeschool!

Mother's Day fun facts

It’s almost Mother’s Day here, and it’s always a joyful time for homeschool moms. Ever wondered where the holiday originated, and what is the history of Mother’s Day? Do you want to teach your homeschooled kids basic facts about Mother’s Day?

Not many people know the histories of the holidays. Sometimes we just celebrate them without thinking about where the idea came from!

Mother’s Day has an interesting history. Here are some fun facts:

  • Mother’s Day is a holiday to celebrate moms. It is a yearly occasion to honor their love, commitment to their families, as well as to recognize the importance of the mother’s role in society.
  • Anna Jarvis began campaigning for national recognition of the holiday in 1905 when her mother died. Her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, was a peace activist and public health advocate during her lifetime.
  • In 1908, the first Mother’s Day celebration began when Ann Jarvis honored her mother with a memorial service at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.
  • After 9 years of petitioning Congress to make it a national holiday, it was signed in 1914 that Mother’s Day would be celebrated on the second Sunday of the month of May annually.
  • Carnations are the flower typically associated with Mother’s Day.
  • Today, children give small gifts and cards to their mothers, usually hand-made, while husbands, teachers, friends, and family send well-wishes or give small tokens of appreciation to the women in their lives who are mothers.
  • Often times, mothers are pampered in some way on their special day.

These fun Mother’s Day facts will help you teach! These are thoroughly researched, concise, yet complete. They include what you and your kids need to know. It’s the perfect complement to any Mother’s Day activity!

Mother's Day fact sheet printable

I have been working on a printable holiday fact sheet series I have going on over at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. As I come out with new ones each month, I’m offering them FREE for a limited time. Here’s my Mother’s Day homeschool copywork printable! I hope you enjoy it.

This fact sheet will serve as an easy and quick reference sheet for homeschool families to introduce the basic facts about the various U.S. Holidays. Use them for copywork or notebooking or to introduce prior knowledge about the holiday before a project or lesson. Soon, they’ll all be in one huge download for you, too! Follow my store for the announcement – yes I’ll start it out as a FREEBIE, as always.

This is a work in progress. As I create them one at a time, they will be free for a limited time. My goal is to have them published a week or two before each occasion so that homeschool families can use them as a quick briefing of the holiday coming up. If you wish, you can “follow” me on Teachers Pay Teachers so that you will not miss when I publish them.

This resource can also be used for notebooking, lapbooking, copywork, Reading comprehension, or as a basic tool for research. Eventually, after I’ve created a page for each holiday, I plan to publish them in one large download for your convenience. Watch my TPT store for that.

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You can see all my printable fact sheets for holidays and seasonal events at the TPT store. My prices are very reasonable and “frugal,” I think. Most of my printables are introduced as freebies!

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Mother's Day fun facts