Top 10 Mother’s Day Writing Prompts for Your Homeschool


Mother’s Day writing prompts are a great way to celebrate mom and let her know how much she means to you. These prompts will help you get started!

Top 10 Mother’s Day Writing Prompts for Your Homeschool

We celebrate Mother’s Day in the United States on the second Sunday in May. Anna Jarvis started the holiday in 1908 by holding a memorial for her own mother. Jarvis then spearheaded a campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in the United States.

In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson officially declared the second Sunday in May as a national holiday to honor mothers. Since then, many countries around the world began celebrating Mother’s Day, although on different dates.

The holiday has since grown to become a day to honor mothers, grandmothers, and other mother figures. The exchanging of cards, flowers, and other gifts are popular Mother’s Day traditions. Get creative this Mother’s Day by using writing prompts as a homeschool activity.

Curious about other fun holidays in May and how to celebrate them? Check out this post: Holidays for May Your Kids Won’t Want to Miss Celebrating.

Writing Prompt Basics 

Writing prompts, sometimes called story starters, make a fantastic activity for Mother’s Day. Writing prompts can be written out, or they can be pictures. Both stimulate ideas.

Writing prompts encourage kids to have fun with words, play with ideas, and express creativity. Writing prompts are often used to journal. 

Journaling can be an incredibly powerful tool for self-expression, and it can be especially beneficial when you’re reflecting on the people you care about. Writing down your thoughts and feelings about your mother or mother figure can be a great way to honor them and remind yourself of how much they mean to you. There are so many ways to use journal prompts to celebrate Mother’s Day. 

New to Journaling? This post can help: Journaling for Kids

Why Use Mother’s Day Writing Prompts? 

Writing prompts act as the story starter for journaling. By using Mother’s Day writing prompts, you can nurture writing in your children.

Having a prompt takes the pressure off and helps children avoid spending long stretches of time just thinking about what to write. The creative writing process encourages children to break free from structured learning styles and provides them the opportunity to use their own voice. 

Use Writing Prompts to Create a Gift

Use the writing inspired by journal prompts to create a heartfelt gift for the special Mother in your life. 

  • Your responses can be the sentiment for a card. 
  • You can also write your responses on paper flowers and make a bouquet. 
  • Create a scrapbook of pictures of you and your mother and include the journaling on different pages. 
  • Make affirmation cards – glue the prompt to one side and the written response to the other. Punch a hole in the corner and use a book ring and some ribbon to decorate. 
  • Decorate a small composition notebook and put the responses inside, one per page. 

Remember, the best way to celebrate Mother’s Day is to spend the day with your mom doing activities she enjoys. Use the writing prompts and ask about her mother. Then you can share your answers.  

Ideas for Mother’s Day Writing Prompts

These prompts can be used to help children reflect on any mother figure in their lives. It’s also a great way for them to express gratitude. 

Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be a powerful way to make sure that mothers know how much we appreciate them.  

NOTE: Wherever you see the word MOTHER, feel free to substitute, Aunt, Grandmother, or the name of a special Mother-like person in your life. 

  1. Write about a recent trip you took with your mom. Why was it so memorable? Haven’t gone anywhere for a while? Write about a trip you would like to take with your mother. 
  2. Write 5 things you love about your mom
  3. Describe the job of being a mom. What qualities make a good mom?
  4.  What is the best thing about having a mother?
  5. If money were no object, what would you give your mom for Mother’s Day? 
  6. Why do you think Mother’s Day is celebrated every year? 
  7. Write an acrostic poem using the word MOTHER or your mom’s name. 
  8. What superpower does your mom have? 
  9. If I could tell my mom one thing, it would be:
  10. Create 5 similes to make your mom smile.
  • To write a simile with like, follow this formula: X is like Y. To write a simile with as, follow this formula: X is as ______ as _______. (My mom’s cooking is as good as ___, My mom drives as _____ as ______, My mother’s love is like ______) 

Tips for Using Writing Prompts in Your Homeschool

Writing prompts are fun, not an opportunity to teach grammar and writing skills. When using writing prompts, just allow your kids to write without worrying about editing and revising. 

  • Children can copy the writing prompt first as a form of copywork. 
  • Have your child brainstorm about the prompt by writing down ideas and thoughts. This can help them focus on what they want to write about.
  • Use one prompt a day for the next ten days 
  • Use the responses to create a unique gift for the mothers in your life. 
  • Have your child read their writing aloud to you. This can help them identify any mistakes or areas that need improvement.

Have a child that doesn’t like writing? Check out this post: Try This When Your Homeschooled Kids Hate Writing.

Journaling has become a popular activity for many people these days, and it’s a great way for children and adults to reflect. This Mother’s Day, why not use Mother’s Day writing prompts as a homeschool activity to celebrate the special ladies in your life? 

Christy Gandara

About the author

Christy Gandara is a former classroom teacher and homeschool mindset mentor who challenges families to examine what matters most and to use the unique gifts inside themselves. Her three "bugs" are finished with homeschooling and working on their advanced education. When not coaching or creating printables she can be found in the yard feeding the birds and squirrels or walking her cat Percy.

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