In addition, over the years of my teaching career, I’ve known too many kids who have lost their moms to death (illness or car accidents), but also CPS, jail, or just had a tough situation with separation/divorce.
Sometimes there are two moms in the picture. So give different options during a lesson, such as, “This is for your mom, or if you don’t know your mom/or don’t see her, you can give this to someone in your life who is like a mom to you.”
Book About Mom (or Grandma, Sister or Aunt). The story pages come in four versions: mom, grandma, sister, and aunt. The term “Mother’s Day” is not used anywhere in this book, so it can be used for other occasions such as birthday, get well gift, Grandparents Day, Valentine’s Day, etc. as well as Mother’s Day. Get it in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
Make a Class Recipe Book (for any holiday). I still have a recipe book that my fourth-grade class made, passed on to me by my mom. This would also be great for father figures who love to cook!
Muffin for Mom Craftivity. This cute project has pages for aunts and grandmas, too, and would be great for Mother’s Day, birthday, or Christmas. But it would also be perfect if your school has special events like Muffins with Mom or Grandparents.
I hope this gets you thinking about how to adapt projects or assignments to be inclusive of all mother figures.