The month of May is Lupus Awareness Month, among other things. Lupus is a bit of a mystery. It has been in my life for a long time, as my Mother suffered from the disease. However, this is not a sad post. I’m hoping to help, in my own tiny way, to bring more awareness to the disease.
Why wear purple and why bring awareness? The more people know about something, the more they care and are willing to help.
So to that end, I’ll be wearing purple on Friday May 18th, which is ‘Put on Purple Day.’ I’ve also made a children’s song about that wonderful color, purple! The video for that is below. I hope you will enjoy learning about the many things that can be purple and, perhaps, learn more about lupus, too. You can visit The Lupus Foundation of America or www.lupusawarenessmonth.org to find out more about Lupus Awareness Month and ‘Put on Purple Day.’
Below you will find a couple of songs I have written to be used for Mother’s Day themed lesson plans or play time.
However, please keep in mind that, while Mother’s Day is a wonderful holiday, it can be hard for some. After losing my own mother I’m more aware of the fact that some children may have lost or never known one or both parents. They may also not live with their parents at all. Any of these situations can cause children to have many different feelings about Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
Many teachers make the choice of whether to do themed songs or activities for these occasions. Discussion is always a great idea and works wonders even with the littlest little.
Now, without further ado, here are some songs and activities to add to your Mother’s Day repertoire. Lyrics, and props used, for the songs can be found here.
“MOMMA MOMMA, I LOVE YOU”
This song is really easy to do a cappella with clapping. It also offers some action steps towards the end. So be sure to stand up and move!