Mother’s Day unit study ideas: fun facts & history, activities, and printables for kids. Great for homeschooling multiple ages at once!

Mother's Day Unit Study Ideas for Homeschool

Mother’s Day Unit Study Ideas for Homeschool

In a homeschool setting, especially with multiple children of different ages, it’s fun to come together to learn about holidays. This article includes tons of activities, printables, history, and more for a complete Mother’s Day unit study! Keep reading.

Mother's Day fun facts

Mother’s Day Fun Facts for Kids

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.
  • Oftentimes, 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 Fun Facts for Kids

This fact sheet is part of a holiday unit that 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.

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Mother's Day books to read aloud to your kids

Mother’s Day Books to Read Aloud to Children: I Dare You Not to Cry!

These 14 books to read with your child on Mother’s Day will give you all the feels. You know, these are the ones that will make you cry. Give them as gifts to your mom or for the new mom-to-be at a baby shower party, or read them with your kids. Either way, you’ll probably go into the next room and ugly cry when you’re done!

If you have read any of these popular books, and you’re a Mother – watch out. You will choke back the tears while you read these. I’m not kidding. I have several of these on our bookshelf. They are some personal favorites and a few others that are well-known to be the perfect Mother’s Day read-aloud. Oh my gosh, #12. This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more information.

  1. Are You My Mother? (Bright & Early Board Books) by P.D. Eastman
  2. The Night Before Mother’s Day by Natasha Wing
  3. The Berenstain Bears Mother’s Day Blessings by Mike Berenstain
  4. Let Me Hold You Longer by Karen Kingsbury
  5. Just Me and My Mom (A Little Critter Book) by Mercer Mayer
  6. I Love You, Mommy! by Edie Evans
  7. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
  8. God Gave Me You (A Rhyming Picture Book For Young Children And Their Parents) by Cindy Bracken
  9. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  10. A Chair for My Mother 25th Anniversary Edition (Reading Rainbow Books) by Vera B. Williams
  11. On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
  12. If I Could Keep You Little by Marianne Richmond
  13. Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman
  14. The Kissing Hand (The Kissing Hand Series) by Audrey Penn

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Mother's Day Unit Study Ideas for Homeschool