Celebrating Special Men on Father’s Day

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fathers-day-speech-classroom-activityChildren like to celebrate important people in their lives. Father’s Day is another time where we can focus on the special men in each student’s world. It is extremely important to remember the children that you work with to make sure that that not everyone has a father living with them, so remember to include other male role models. Grandfathers, uncles, brothers, cousins, teachers, or special neighbors would always appreciate getting something they made in their honor.  Anything made during sessions may be used for each child to give to that special person when they are sent home.

Each of the following activities may be adjusted to work on any or all speech and language goals that a child is working on.

A Baseball Cap for Dad

While ties may be a traditional Father’s Day gift for many people, many fathers love to wear baseball hats. While it may not be possible to get a real hat to design for each child, you can make a baseball cap paper pattern for kids to trace and cut out with construction paper. Have each child select the color that they would like. Next, students will design the hat. They should take time to make it special for the man that they will be giving it to. Give everyone plenty of markers to color the hats so they are personalized all around. Ahead of time you may also want to take photos of each child to print out and put on the back of the baseball cap. These may then be laminated and made into book marks or magnets.

Allow some time for each child to talk about the special man in their life. Have them explain why they designed the cap the way they did. When finished, give each child a piece of card stock to make a Father’s Day card to put their present in. On the outside, write “I love _______ because he ________.” On the inside of the card, they may tape the present on and sign it.

Poetry Time for Dad

Older children may prefer to write an acrostic poem for their father or the special man in their life. These shorter pieces of poetry are a nice way to focus on building and using vocabulary. Give everyone a piece of manila paper to write the word father or another person’s name on. Do an example of an acrostic poem ahead of time so they will understand what it should look like. Kids should be encouraged to think of words that fit the letter and describe their special person the best. For families with multilingual relatives, assist them with a translation on the back.  When the poems are finished, color in the word and surrounding areas.

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