A Day In My Mom’s Shoes -
Since 1914, when Mother's Day was first celebrated as a national
holiday in the United States, the second Sunday in May has always
been a special day for children and their mothers. Shoes are very
symbolic. In the Middle Ages a father passed his authority over his daughter to her husband in a shoe ceremony. At the wedding, the
groom handed the bride a shoe, which she then put on. Today in the
U.S. shoes are tied to the bumper of the bridal couple's car. This is a reminder of the days when a father gave the groom one of his
daughter's shoes as a symbol of a changing caretaker. As we celebrate Mother’s Day, we celebrate the diverse roles of women.
Perhaps one of the most important roles in the eyes of a child (young
or grown) is that of caregiver!
As you slide your feet into the shoes of another, it is a wonderful
lesson on compassion, empathy and appreciation.
Students are encouraged to step into my mother’s shoes for this lesson.
How long would you last in your Mom’s shoes?
Look what is included -
1. Original Poem, “A Day in My Mom’s Shoes.”
2. A Day in My Mom’s Shoes-Recording form for student
3. Student illustrated book for Mom, A Day in My Mom’s Shoes,
with Letter to Mom and blank page for individualization.
Encourage students to incorporate observations, 3 hole
punch at 3 flowers on left margin and bind with ribbon.
4. If the Shoe Fits, a fun questionnaire, 1 for Mom’s and 1 for
5. Print/Cut/Fold 12 Shoe Themed Note Cards, can be grouped
and tied for a fun gift or used individually per student choice.
6. Template and step by step instructions for clever 3-D shoe and
7. Sweet Treats…Shoe Cookie Fun and Cupcake/Muffin
Wrappers – 4 Designs, 1 Blank for students to color and
8. Cupcake/Muffin Toppers – Print on cardstock, cut, and add
to muffin or cupcake.
9. Mother’s Day Cut and Color Banner
10. Heart and “Sole” Planter, Donation Request, and 2 versions
of Gift Tag
11. “Sole” Buddy shoe rubbing creation and writing activity.