So many people around the country have been thanking educators this week because of the Teacher Appreciation festivities, the National Education Association (NEA) and companies like Horace Mann included. Let us not forget educators are still in the classrooms every day diligently teaching our children those required competencies and lessons they've been planning for months.
As a mother, this is a really special time of year for both my kids and me. I've been hearing whispers about making special Mother's Day presents at school, and it never ceases to amaze me the time and effort educators spend on making sure their students appreciate the important people in their lives like their parents. What parent doesn't enjoy a handmade card with scribbles or misspellings or a personalized poem written by their child? I just adore them!
In case you've been caught up in all the appreciation parties this week and need some more Mother's Day ideas to cover with your students, our resident blogger Alan Haskvitz has developed this free lesson plan that can be used with older elementary/middle school students. Check out the other lesson plans Reach Every Child offers, and bookmark them if you'd like to use them in your plans for the next school year.
And to all you wonderful mothers out there, educators or not -- have a very happy Mother's Day!
Rebecca Hagerman is a 30-something social media liaison for Horace Mann, blogger and mother to two school-aged boys. She loves to spend time outdoors and watching her kids play sports.