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May 10, 2014

For the Love of Mom

CLINTON — On Sunday, moms will take precedence in the mind and heart. For young ones who can't live without their moms, this was especially true in the classroom leading up to Mother's Day.

In light of the holiday, local educators chose to build mom into the curriculum with a number of creative activities celebrating her. Students planted flowers, created art, cleaned the streets and even brought their moms in on the learning throughout the week.

"Anytime you tie holidays to learning you're going to get a lot more out of it," said Christi Goldbeck, Prince of Peace first-grade teacher. "They don't necessarily realize they're learning, which is a good thing, because they're going to be motivated in wanting to learn without realizing they're learning."

Or, as 5-year-old Aurora Howard put it: "Because mom's like every single thing kids give them."

At Eagle Heights Elementary, kindergarten teacher Kim Clark hosted "Muffins with Mom" — a half-hour reading period where students read aloud to their parents while dining on muffins and juice.

Although the event hinged on Mother's Day, Clark said the lesson is one that she'd like to use throughout the year.

"How do we celebrate reading, and how do we connect that with families, specifically moms?" said Clark, adding "Donuts with Dad" is right around the corner. "I think these are always great opportunities to involve parents. It's about connecting with families when it comes to our holiday seasons."

Across town, Prince of Peace students hand-crafted their Mother's Day gifts. Among activities were writing assignments where the children wrote down fun facts about moms and art projects in their honor. The Catholic institution also celebrated the Virgin Mary, crowning the mother of Christ during a Friday morning ceremony.

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