Introduction: This poem is perfect to share just before Mother's Day.
Ask the children about a time they may have helped their mother and felt really great about it. Or, you may ask
them about any special memories they have about their mother, grandmother, or even an aunt. Share the poem "I Helped
My Mom Not To Be Late for Work" before Mother's Day.
"I Helped My Mom Not to Be Late for Work" by Carmen D. Lucca
She was going to be late
for her first day of work,
and I was late for school.
But Mom couldn't say goodbye
to me and held me tightly in her arms,
kissing me in front of everyone.
I thought she was the only mother doing that.
She whispered in my ear that she was sad
to leave me and that she had to work.
I told her that I was in the first grade already,
strong like her and all grown up,
and then I dried the tears from her eyes,
opened my arms and let my mommy go.
Mora, Pat. 2001. LOVE TO MAMA: A TRIBUTE TO MOTHERS. Illustrated by: Paula S. Barragan M. New York: Lee
and Low Books Inc. ISBN: 1584300191.
Extension: Share the gift of poetry by having the children find a poem that
indicates how they feel about their mother and copy it down. They can illustrate or decorate the poem and wrap it
up as a Mother's Day gift for their mother.
The children could write their own poem or story about their mother to be wrapped with the poem that they
selected for their Mother's Day gift.