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Apr 23, 2011

Mother's Day Week in Review

It has been THREE weeks since I've posted an entry here. Oops! I have plenty to share, but I want to tell you about this Mother's Day Download N Go before I get the other posts put together.

M is for the million things she gave me,
O means only that she's growing old,
T is for the tears she shed to save me,
H is for her heart of purest gold;
E is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
R means right, and right she'll always be,
Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER,"
A word that means the world to me.

Howard Johnson (c. 1915)

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8 this year.

This week we learned about Mother's Day; how it began, how Mom's get loved on in other countries, LOADS of great ideas for Mother's Day gifts that the littles could do, and some of the wonderful mothers of the Bible.

I really enjoyed learning about the details of this holiday and Xav, especially, loved watching the craft videos, but I have to say I felt awkward teaching them about Mother's Day in such an in depth way. To me, Mother's Day is the day that (hopefully) Daddy or perhaps a grandparent tells the littles about and helps them celebrate their love for their Mommy. Mother's Day is about doing something for Mom in secret as a surprise. I guess when we decided to homeschool, I never thought about the kiddos making gifts in school to surprise their parents. :)

That being said, I think for older children who can do more of the study independently, it would be especially great! There seemed to be no end of ideas for surprises for Moms (and Grandmas!) and, as always, Download N Go has done a wonderfully thorough job on this unit study.

The daily objectives for Mother's Day are:
Day 1: What is Mother's Day?
Day 2: The History of Mother's Day
Day 3: Celebrating Mother's Day
Day 4: Preparing for Mother's Day
Day 5: Goodies for Mother's Day

Download N Go is a lapbooking/notebooking unit study series created by Amanda Bennett. Intended for grades K-4, my four year old loves them as well! DNGs are formatted for a five day study, but with suggested reading and your family's favorite rabbit trails, it could easily expand well beyond that. They are bright and colorful and chock full of information. One thing I really like is the special DNG video page that youtube videos open up in so you don't see any of the other stuff on youtube pages. DNG units each have five daily objectives with components for a smart little lapbook, clickable links to videos and websites, vocabulary, history, geography and more.

I just spend an hour or so reading the introduction and searching our library's online catalog for some books. I print some lapbook sheets, depending on our needs for the week and do some cutting. The rest is done for me!

You can purchase your copy of Mother's Day for $7.95

To see what others think of Download N Go's Mother's Day, check out the blog hop .

I was provided with a copy for my honest review.

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