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Check-out my NY Times post on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is celebrated in the United States and in many other countries on the second Sunday of May.  You can see a list of all countries and when they recognize Mother’s Day here.

I thought it would be an occasion for another “The Best…” List.

Here are my picks for The Best Sites For Learning About Mother’s Day (and are accessible to English Language Learners):

ESL Civics has a Mother’s Day Lesson designed for English Language Learners.

ESL Holiday Lessons has A Mother’s Day Lesson with audio support for the text, and follows it up with an online sequencing activity.

Who Came Up With Mother’s Day and Why? comes from How Stuff Works.

Remembering Nana On Mother’s Day is a New York Times slideshow showing a Japanese comic strip (in English)

Mothers Day Dates around the world is an interactive graphic.

Celebrate: Save a Mother is a column from the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristoff. He writes:

So if one way to mark Mothers’ Day is to buy flowers for that special mom, another is to make this a safer planet for moms in general. And since we men are going to be focused on the flowers, maybe mothers themselves can work on making motherhood less lethal.

Kristoff goes on to suggest ways to do that. The text isn’t accessible to ELL’s, but parts could be modified. It’s a good take on Mother’s Day.

The Dish On Mom is a New York Times slideshow where four artists draw the meal that reminds them most of their mothers.

The Best and Worst Countries to Be a Mother is an interactive map showing the information.

Here’s an interactive map showing when Mother’s Day is celebrated in different countries around the world.

The New York Times has a neat interactive (and contest) where you can Share Six Words About Your Mother. It’s fun to see, even if you don’t want to contribute.

Beyond Flowers for Mom is a good article in The New York Times by Nicholas D. Kristof.

An interviewer went around New York City to ask various people to say thank you to their mother.

The Founder of Mother’s Day Later Fought to Have It Abolished is from Mental Floss.


This Is Your Body on Motherhood is a series of infographics from TIME.

Cruel Joke: What Will Your Mother’s Day Flowers Cost? is from Common Dreams.

Google created a Doodle in 2013 that let you make your own Mother’s Day card, and I think it might still work.

Why I hate Mother’s Day is by Anne Lamott.


May 9, 1858: Mother’s Day for Peace is from The Zinn Education Project.

Words of wisdom from mothers, recorded at StoryCorps is from the TED blog.

Moms Around The World Teach Their Kids A Lot Of Cool Rules is from NPR.

The founder of Mother’s Day didn’t want you to celebrate it like you probably will is from Vox.

Baby Animals & Their Moms (Because it’s Mother’s Day) is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.

She invented Mother’s Day — then waged a lifelong campaign against it is from The Washington Post.

As always, feedback is welcome.

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