Corsages at church. Dining out. Catching a movie. Most of the time-tested, age old Mother’s Day traditions are not an option this year, or are they? Here are four twists on classic Mother’s Day traditions that families can work into the homeschool schedule this week to help Mother’s Day differ from just another day of quarantine.

  1. The Flowers Think outside the vase! Visit your home improvement store and pick up a house plant or something to plant in the yard. Have fun discussing the difference between perennials and annuals. Farmer’s markets and CSAs may have options for purchasing herbs and bouquets. If your yard is filled with flowers suitable for cutting, those are lovely, too. Planting seeds together is a great way to talk about the life cycle of plants and bring beauty into your homeschool classroom.
  2. The Menu Making dinner for mom is a great opportunity for dads and kids to put on aprons and talk about home economics. Stay on budget by planning the meal before Dad goes to the grocery store. Make sure dinner is balanced by discussing the food pyramid. If you’re comfortable in the kitchen, dial it up a notch with molecular gastronomy! Not in the mood to cook? Two words: take out! (Hint: Ask mom if she prefers to use china or paper plates.)
  3. The Entertainment If your kids are inclined toward performing, then now is their time to shine. From writing original songs to lip synch battles and dance offs, put those performing arts lessons to good use. Streaming services are a great choice for cinephiles. But if you’re ready for a really good laugh, break out the old home movies! (Hint: Performance time is a great time to conference call grandmas, too.)
  4. The Gift You know your mom; think about what she likes. Maybe it’s help with the chores– or perhaps she’d enjoy jewelry, new running shoes, or quality time together crafting. Gift cards and coupons to do her favorite things are sweet ideas. When in doubt, handwritten cards filled with loving words are always a hit. (Plus it’s an opportunity to practice handwriting… but your kids don’t have to know that!)

If you have ideas for how to make Mother’s Day special, share them with us in the comments below.