Students at an elementary school in Canada were recently told no more craft for Mother’s and Father’s Day.
According to the letter, which has been posted on Facebook, classroom crafts for Mother’s and Father’s Day will be scrapped this year at the school in Mission, British Colombia.
“In an effort to celebrate diversity, inclusivity, and also to nurture our students who are part of non-traditional families, we have decided to encourage those celebrations to take place at home,” the letter reads. “Due to this, children will not be making gifts at school to give on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.”
The decision was made after a group of grade 1 and 2 teachers at Albert McMahon Elementary got together to discuss the upcoming holidays.
“We feel each family knows the best way to celebrate with their own family,” the letter concludes.
In an interview with Vancouver radio station CKNW, Mission School Superintendent Angus Wilson said it’s ultimately up to the teachers about what is covered in the classroom.
“Mother’s Day and other civic holidays are not actually directly part of the curriculum so they haven’t broken the rules or anything like that,” he said, adding he hasn’t talked to the teachers directly about the issue.
I must admit this special little craft that the boys made at school was (still is) my favourite gift at Mother’s Day and even Christmas when they do their little crafts.
It is sad to see some schools stopping that trend. But as an adult that lost her mum I can truly imagine how hard it must be for children struggling to accept a loss or that simply have a diverse family at home how confusing it might be.
I do believe that it can still be something all kids can share in together, it just needs to be a broader activity rather than just focusing on mum or dad. Make the focus on someone special instead.
What do you think?
Last year we shared that Kindergartens are leading away from food products for craft – such as pasta to make necklaces – instead choosing more sustainable, nature-based options. Read more on that here.
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