Mother’s Day Activities

Welcome to my site! I’m Kayla Calabro, a speech-language pathologist from New Hampshire. When our schools closed I felt so overwhelmed and wanted to find a way to simplify my work-life so that I had more time for my mom-life. To do that, I’ve been picking a small assortment of activities to use for my entire caseload. I work with elementary and middle-school students, so I try to find a healthy mix of activities that would be appropriate for first to eighth grade. This is my collection of Mother’s Day activities!

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Today we’re celebrating Mother’s Day and I think it’s a perfect week to celebrate Moms. I’ve collected some Mom-themed books, videos, and games that will help you to plan your therapy for the week. If you can screenshare, these resources are great for Google Meet, Zoom, or any other teletherapy platform.

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Check out my resources below. You can use books and videos to target narratives, grammar, and receptive language. The games are great for reinforcement and engagement. Let me know what you think!

Mother’s Day Activities | Books

You are my Happy, by Hoda Kotb

I’m not crying… you’re crying! I love this book and plan to share it with my own little guy this week. There are some nice sequencing opportunities with this story as well as the carryover activity of making lists of what makes you happy. I like to use a predictive list for early writers and readers.

  • I’m happy for Mom
  • I’m happy for Dad
  • I’m happy for …..

I also heard some present progressive verbs that were ripe for modeling and recasting as past-tense verbs as needed.

Just Me and My Mom – by Mercer Mayer

Mercer Mayer’s “Little Critter” books are full of visual inferences. I plan to pause and ask inferencing questions as I watch this. I also have a couple young readers who will be watching this with me muted, so they can practice those extremely-important literacy skills!

Mother’s Day Activities | Videos

An Open Letter To Moms from Kid President

This one is a throwback to the early 2000’s. Kid President is now a teenager. The message from this video will certainly spark some conversation. I think it’s the perfect introduction to writing a letter to Mom! Encourage positive comments in your carry-over activities. We’re here to celebrate the Mamma’s, Grandma’s, and positive female role models this week!

Happy Mother’s Day from Pixar

I love using Pixar Shorts for inferencing, sentence formulation, and even articulation. Having a shared context is really all you need. For more ideas, head over to my post about using film shorts in therapy.

Mother’s Day Activities | Games

Mother’s day crossword from The Word Search

In all honesty, finding mother’s day games was like finding the “end meeting button” at the end of a tele-meeting. But I did find this crossword puzzle as well as this other one by Planet Oz Kids. I’m planning to have my students formulate sentences using the mother’s day vocabulary words. This will also be a good opportunity to teach some executive functioning skills.

“What strategy can we use to find the words? Should we look up and down or left to right? Should we look for the first letter or is there something special about this word that we can look for?”

Pretend-Play | Make Mom Food

I was thinking we could pretend to make a cake for Mom, thanks to PBS’s Make a Cake game. Personally, I would love a mother’s day cake! For Moms who like more savory dishes, the students can also make lunch on Fizzy’s Food Truck. This game has the student sequence making an order for a visitor. I really think this will pull out a lot of sequential vocabulary for my students, especially those who can’t use the remote mouse. They’ll have to explain what to do, which will be a fantastic language-rich activity.

Be well

I hope these resources help to make your life simpler and give you back some of the time you may have lost with this transition. I want you to know that I see you. You’re working your tail off to get the job done; exhausted and not fitting in the self-care that you need and deserve; laughing your butt off at your hilarious students. I feel you. We’re in this together and we can do anything.

Be well. Happy Mother’s day to the Mom’s out there!

-Kayla

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