Kindergartners celebrate their moms with Spa Day

Lilina had special treats for me at "Spa Day" at her school. She painted my nails, fixed my hair and gave me a massage.

Lilina had special treats for me at "Spa Day" at her school. She painted my nails, fixed my hair and gave me a massage.

I just got back from “Spa Day” in the kindergarten class. They honor mothers each year in the kindergarten by putting on a little show and giving them a commemorative book and T-Shirt. Then they paint the moms’ nails, fix their hair, give them back massages, make bracelets together and have a little treat. The kids just loved it, even the little guys, and the moms enjoyed it too. (The do a Pops and Penguins program for Dads earlier in the year since Father’s Day is during the summer.)

Does your school do anything for Mother’s Day? Would you like a spa day with your kids?

Lilina concentrated to paint my nails neatly. She did a pretty good job.

Lilina concentrated to paint my nails neatly. She did a pretty good job.

This is how Lilina sees me. She wrote that I love to clean. (Ha!)

This is how Lilina sees me. She wrote that I love to clean. (Ha!) One little guy wrote that his mom liked to "nap" while he was at school. (Poor mom!)

39 comments Add your comment

Denise

May 8th, 2013
1:08 pm

This really made me smile! I am sure you had a wonderful day. :-)

jarvis

May 8th, 2013
1:12 pm

Good for the mom’s.
Meanwhile, I’m sure I’ll enjoy my Father’s Day next month in passing with a card that I won’t ever receive.

Maude

May 8th, 2013
1:13 pm

Wonderful! I just wish that I had the time to include this in my kindergarten class but with standards required we have no free time.

RJ

May 8th, 2013
1:16 pm

My daughter’s Catholic school used to do a Mother’s Day Brunch and Father’s Day Brunch. It was so much fun. They made hats for the moms to wear and ties for the dads. Really cute. She’s 18 now and I still have the pics and the hat:)!

jarvis

May 8th, 2013
1:28 pm

moms not mom’s

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 8th, 2013
1:37 pm

Jarvis — I mentioned that — they did Pops and Penguins in March for Father’s Day — they do it early since it’s during the summer — they study a unit on Penguins — and they do Penguin art, penguin songs, penguin books, penguin food. They do a little program for the dads and tell them all they learned about penguins — moms are not allowed — it’s just for dads!!

Mayhem

May 8th, 2013
1:37 pm

During school hours? Maybe before or after school, but again, you are there to LEARN. Even thought it was cute, this should NOT have been done during school hours. This ranks up there with the 2 hour prayer session we discussed earlier, during the school day.

We are all going out for brunch on Sunday. My family, my brother’s family, Mom & Dad.

I was visiting a friend last night, who’s son is in the military (stationed in Kansas). She told him last weekend, “Mother’s Day is this weekend, don’t forget to send me a card.” WHAT???? She then told me last night, that she “needed to call him and remind him to send me a card.”

WOW.

I don’t expect ANYTHING from my kids on Sunday, other than to join the family for brunch. My kids tell me they love me all the time, I don’t need a $5.00 card to tell me. Yes, I’m anti-Hallmark Holidays.

A

May 8th, 2013
1:40 pm

Sounds like a bit much. We had muffins with moms last week that took place in the half hour *before* school started. Also, not being sexist, but would most boys want to paint their mom’s nails and do her hair? I don’t think mine would have in kindergarten or any age.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 8th, 2013
1:47 pm

the little guys all loved it —

we were there about an hour — they did a lot of work on the books and on their profiles of the mom and learning their songs — also the painting nails, beading bracelets and working the little hair clips are all fine motor skills — good for kindergartners — They also talked about math with the hair clips and beads because they could only use a certain amount to make sure enough for everyone — so they were all counting as they did their mom’s hair

Mayhem

May 8th, 2013
1:58 pm

Sorry, but I still think this was totally inappropriate for a school day.

This is something that should be done at home. I’m a little annoyed by this article.

HB

May 8th, 2013
2:14 pm

At this age, learning through play-acting is essential. Add in the fine motor skill activities and counting and this seems like a very appropriate 1-hour activity for kindergarteners. What would you suggest instead? Limiting 5-year-old learning to only serious desk work? Sheesh.

mom2alex&max

May 8th, 2013
2:17 pm

My son would have hated it. I have a hard time believing any 5-6 year old boy would “love” painting mom’s nails. Plus I get regular manicures, I am sure I wouldn’t have wanted that done to me either.

We had muffins with mom and it was a lot of fun and way more appropriate for BOTH genders.

Bgb

May 8th, 2013
2:28 pm

I found today’s Waldo. How about you?

- Go DWAGS

Mayhem

May 8th, 2013
2:30 pm

HB – the 3 R’s do not include painting mommy’s nails or playing with her hair. I don’t really want my tax dollars spent on an acitivity that could have been done at HOME, on Mother’s Day!!!

Bgb

May 8th, 2013
2:31 pm

Would be nice if housewives stayed at home and allowed schools and teachers to do their jobs.

Back when K12 education in the USA was highly regarded – there were far more housewives (per capita) and far less housewife intrusion in the school day. Interesting.

janice

May 8th, 2013
2:39 pm

yes this is cute. i know they do dad and daughter dances as well in some school. centuries ago, i think we just did school work all day long. dang….almost 50 yrs since i was in kindergarten.

what about the kids that don’t have a mom…..hopefully they could bring an aunt or grandma.

K's Mom

May 8th, 2013
2:47 pm

I think it is a cute idea. I would not have wanted my nails painted, but having my hair brushed would have been fun and my 3yo loves to play with my hair. I think this is perfectly appropriate in Kindergarten for the reasons HB mentioned…motor skills and simple math. Beyond kindergarten, this may be a but juvenile, but I think in kindergarten is fine.

@mayhem, your sour attitude really adds nothing to the blog. If you have nothing but complaints, how about find another blog. You have been unkind to TWG in almost every post in the last week. I do not all of her topics exciting, but I move on when that happens.

NumberOneMeme

May 8th, 2013
2:49 pm

Mayhem sounds like they have anger issues……….If I’m not mistaken, this kid goes to a Private School so YOUR TAX DOLLARS are not involved at all!! Sounds like a WONDERFUL way to honor the MOTHERS! Glad you enjoyed your day!

yuki

May 8th, 2013
2:59 pm

I think it is cute and I would love it. My son, who is in Pre-K, might not get excited about the nails thing, but if they look at it sort of like coloring then maybe so?? My daughter is only 16 months but I would love this type of thing when she gets into K. Any time spent with them is precious so I would absolutely love this.

Some of you people need to lighten up. It’s some five year olds being sweet to their mothers for an hour. GEEZ

jmb

May 8th, 2013
3:11 pm

I also think it was a great mother’s day present. Not sure how the little guys liked it but looks like fun for the girls. Mayhem, that was the most stupid post I’ve ever read. Hormones must be a little out of whack for you lately.

Tiffany

May 8th, 2013
3:48 pm

I think this sounds like a great time for the children and their moms. My son would have loved all that stuff too, at that age…so it’s not just for the girls. Little boys love doing things to make their moms happy, especially at mother’s day. It sounds like a fun way for the kids to show some appreciation for their moms. I don’t know why anyone would get all bent out of shape about this.

J.

May 8th, 2013
3:56 pm

I think it was very sweet and completely appropriate for Kindergarteners. Kindergarten is full-day for most kids and difficult enough these days with testing and increased focus on standards. Why begrudge them an hour or so to spend with their Moms (or Grandmothers or whomever is their primary female role model)? Does every single moment have to be measurable from an academic perspective? Those respondents that are so sour about it need to lighten up, for heaven’s sake.

Denise

May 8th, 2013
3:59 pm

janice made a good point about kids without mothers. My friend’s mother died when he was 4 years old so he never had a mother. His father never remarried. Until he started dating and then married a woman with a child, he was very sad – even into adulthood – on Mothers’ Day. In school the teachers made him make Mothers’ Day cards and address them to his older sisters. He reallllllllly hated that. I don’t know what the appropriate solution would be for kids without moms that could attend but I would hope that if an aunt or grandmother was available she would be welcome as well.

Techmom

May 8th, 2013
4:08 pm

Good grief, the anger lately on this blog disgusting.

Looks cute and very creative way for the kids to do something for their moms without spending a lot of money on something that will easily be forgotten.

And remember people- it’s Kindergarten! I went to 1/2 day K when I was younger and it wasn’t even required to enter 1st grade. Now days we act like it’s a sin for 5 year olds to do something for their moms for an hour or two during this “learning” time. If the kids have half-decent families, they’re learning ALL THE TIME anyway.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 8th, 2013
6:00 pm

We had a couple of grandmothers there and I think if someone only had a dad they could go. My dad is visiting and he actually went too so Papa was there enjoying the festivities.

I do think there was value in these activities and the preparation for this age group. The kids learned the Louis Armstrong song “What a Wonderful World” and Lilina came home and showed my dad how to pull the video up on the internet and practiced the song at home via You Tube. They created about a 20-page booklet with art and writing on each page. They drew their mothers and wrote about their mothers. All valuable for Ks.

Longtime Educator

May 8th, 2013
7:10 pm

School has become such a drudgery with all the standards and constant testing that kids have nothing at school to look forward to. Now, by 3rd grade they have begun to hate school and everything it stands for. For heaven sake, school is almost finished for the year and these 5/6 year old children spent an hour doing a fun activity with their mom or another close female relative. It seems that writing activities, counting activities and a certain amount of planning was involved; all important skills for their future success. Let’s lighten up a bit and try to remember that they need some fun during the day. After all, they are still very young children.

Bgb

May 8th, 2013
8:10 pm

Re:”Now, by 3rd grade they have begun to hate school and everything it stands for”
Perhaps your students. Not most students

Maj

May 8th, 2013
8:34 pm

Sounds great – I did this with my oldest and I look forward to doing it on Friday with my middle child. There are two weeks left of Kindergarten – let them have a little fun. Glad you had fun, the pictures are sweet.

motherjanegoose

May 8th, 2013
9:00 pm

@ Longtime Educator…you are right on track! Bgb…how many students do you know? Do you teach elementary school? I am in and out of public schools all week long and there are so many new requirements and rules that are related to state and national testing scores. Kids are worn out. Teachers are burned out. I have talked to many lately who are simply overwhelmed and have lost their joy. It is sad indeed.

TWG…thanks so much for sharing this. I thought it was precious and know that 5/6 year olds still mostly adore their Moms and Dads. Of course, any adult could stand in and be a part of the festivities. I once had a little boy ( student) who LOVED to play in our make believe hair salon. He was a rough and tumble boy with brothers only and got a kick out of it. He let the girls style his hair. That was YEARS ago! I was not brave enough to have nail polish in the classroom.

Some here seem to have lost touch with what 5/6 year olds enjoy. Perhaps if they spent a day in the classroom it might change their mind as to what works. Or, they might be running out after 30 minutes. This would be me if I had to work in a stress filled office every day. Give me the Kindergarteners!

Bgb

May 8th, 2013
9:57 pm

MJG, if you and your colleagues are burned out, get the heck out. You will replaced in a few hours.

What is truly sad, is the continual whining of certain burned out teachers.

Do your job, or leave.

Ann

May 8th, 2013
10:42 pm

This is adorable and a cute idea for kindergartners. Thanks for sharing. My son would have enjoyed the activities. There’s nothing wrong with kindergarten teachers teaching kids how to do special things for their Mom. I enjoying hearing about creative ideas like this. Why not mix it up and do something different than the usual brunch or lunch celebration?

I think that when adults say “my son would not like this or that, while it may be true, I think they are really looking at it through their own prism and placing limitations on play and learning activities. I have found that most 5 year olds are open to participating in a variety of activities, at least some of the time. And, don’t we want boys to know how to take care of their Moms? When they grow up to be Dad’s, they may very well find themselves brushing their daughter’s hair or painting her nails?

And, to those who think that it is not appropriate to take time away from typical learning activities, it is well documented that kids do better at school and are more productive when they have breaks during the day.

motherjanegoose

May 9th, 2013
6:51 am

@Bgb…I did not say I am burned out, as I am not teaching, in the classroom. I am in dozens of schools on a consulting basis and see thousands of teachers at conferences. I just spoke with one yesterday about this, who has been teaching for 16 years.

You did not say what grade you teach nor for how long. Did you? This way, we would know that you are not simply rattling off about things you may not now. Spend a week in the classroom and get back to us please. My neighbor was in corporate America and has now taught for the past several years. She is a brilliant woman and has 3 great children herself. She has lots to tell and it is along the same lines as what was mentioned. She, like others, had no idea what was going on until she started teaching.

Yes, there are plenty of new teachers who need jobs. There are plenty of old teachers who have seen how unruly children have become and how little parents care. The classroom is not the same as it was even 10 years ago. Nor is our society. There is little self control by parents and this is trickling down to children. Seasoned teachers are frustrated and new ones often have no idea what they are getting into. Meanwhile there are more requirements that are being dumped on teachers every day. Frustrating for sure!

motherjanegoose

May 9th, 2013
6:54 am

Becky

May 9th, 2013
7:45 am

Theresa, I think this looks like lots of fun..For you and the kids..Nothing worng with them having fun at school..

Several (most) are right , school is such a drudge nowdays and kids of all ages need to have some fun..Enjoy the little things while you can..

Ann

May 9th, 2013
1:22 pm

@motherjanegoose – That’s a great article that every parent should read. This paragraph speaks volumes:
“The problem with crowding out play from a kindergartener’s day is that unstructured play is an essential foundation from which kids can grow emotionally, socially, and even physically. When kids are free to play on their own, they can use their imaginations. They can interact with each other and develop problem-solving skills, learn how to cooperate and share, develop empathy, and learn self control.”

Every article I read where C.E.O.’s or major corporations talk about what types of employees will be needed in the future, creative thinking and problem solving skills are 2 of the top 3 skills mentioned. Why do schools ignore this? Kids often go from school to “structured” activities where there is less opportunity to develop those important skills.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has been stating for awhile that more free play time is essential for healthy development. I find it odd that the some of the same people who say parents should pay attention to the expert pediatrician’s advice about vaccinations ignore the group’s advice about this. The long school days combined with the excessive focus on academic schools are impeding the healthy, rounded development of a whole generation of kids. This is one reason so many teens and college age kids are resorting to prescription pharmaceutical aids to get through life.

Free play is critically important for young children throughout kindergarten and all of elementary school.

Bgb

May 9th, 2013
2:53 pm

“There is little self control by parents and this is trickling down to children. ”
Like whining for their children to be loved and not beaten down.
Or coming into the classroom to have their sons paint their nails and give them a massage.

And people wonder why other nations have better K12 programs.

motherjanegoose

May 9th, 2013
4:02 pm

@ Bgb…I missed the school you work at…what is it again?

Ann

May 9th, 2013
7:01 pm

I am amazed that some people find a problem with a lighthearted activity for 5 and 6 year olds. Some people feel compelled to find something negative in everything. There is no research that demonstrates that focusing solely on academics the entire day with 5 year olds leads to more accomplishments in life later.

Bgb, how are those programs of these other nations you mention being measured? Often when there are reports about better programs, it is comparing apples and oranges. In the U.S., most children are tested. In some countries with higher ratings, only a percentage of children are tested. And, in fact, some of those countries with higher ratings have adult workforces that have more vacation days and shorter work weeks. They recognize that it leads to better worker productivity.

Balance in life is key, whether you are 5 years old or 40 years old.

Kat

May 14th, 2013
6:22 pm

I got cards (made at school), drawings (made at school), and other things (from school) for Mother’s Day. I will treasure all of these things. Do I want to spend a few hours with moms who would make me run out of a nail salon if they walked in? No, thanks.

I think the massages are a bit much though. If something is not allowed at school (such as massages between students), then this falls under freaky. It was probably a SAHM (who does not work) who came up with this idea.

Glad you liked it though.

Hubby bought me and my girls mani/pedi gift certificates. Much better!