Start term 2 on a creative and positive note by helping students to celebrate their mothers, if this is appropriate in the culture. Students need to learn that different cultures may hold other celebrations as more important and may not celebrate Mothers’ Day at all. Our students develop understandings of who they are in relation to the community language culture and Australian culture. Discussions around whether and how Mothers’ Day is celebrated will determine the language learning activities you choose.
A focus on the language of Mothers’ Day means learning how to say and write Happy Mothers Day plus expressions of appreciation and meaningful chunks of text (MCTs) related to describing Mum and why she is appreciated, for example, My Mum is good at . . . , or I love you Mum because . . . and Thank you Mum for . . . . Students can use these MCTs to create gifts that demonstrate their speaking and writing skills.
Speaking tasks can include
- leave a telephone message for Mum
- create a voice memo and send it by email or SMS
- add a voice to a photo Mum will love using an app such as Chatterpix Kids (free)
Writing tasks can include
- create a Mothers’ Day card
- draw and annotate a family portrait
- make a little book (Remember what you learned in the first workshop?) of all the things the child appreciates about Mum using Mum is good at . . . or Mum, I love you because you always . . . or My Mum is (adjective).
- create a slideshow (a family album, Mum’s life story, a family holiday, things to buy Mum if you won the lottery, Mum’s favourite song, film, cake, sport, hat, friend) with photos and descriptions
And there are lots more ideas on the Internet, for example:
Mothers’ Day card
Students take a photo with their arms held high then use the language they have learned, the photo and cut-out shapes to decorate their card.
Promises to help at home
Students think of jobs that they can do to show love on Mother’s Day. They write their promise to do a chore (MCT = I will …. ) on each paper cut out of a flower (with a pop-stick stem) and place the flowers together inside the pot which also has a Mothers’ day message. What a lovely bouquet for Mum.