It is important to celebrate the special men in the life of each child, especially with Father’s Day approaching us this Sunday! Father’s Day is the perfect time to spend time getting to know the important individuals that are male role models to children in your sessions. Remember that not every child has their father in their life, so focus on the men that mean a lot to them at home, in the community, or in the school.
Celebrate father figures with a story
Sharing a story that centers around a father or male role model is important for children. They need to be able to see that men are also important in literature. There are now many more books that are written about young characters interacting with an adult male. Some examples include:
- When Dads Don’t Grow Up by Marjorie Blain Parker
- Following Papa’s Song by Gianna Marino
- Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
- How to Cheer Up Dad by Fred Koehler
- When a Dad Says “I Love You” by Douglas Wood
- What Dads Can’t Do by Douglas Wood
- I Love My Daddy by Sebastien Braun
- Daddies Do It Different by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
- I Love My Daddy Because… by Laurel Porter-Gaylord
- Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin
While reading the books, talk about how the men in each child’s life interacts with them. What do they do that is special together? Do they have a special tradition that they do together? All of these will help to get ready for the activity that follows.
Create a special book for dad or other special man
Kids adore making books and being able to talk through this process will connect it with speech and language goals. Before meeting, make small books with construction or computer paper for the kids to use for this activity. Be sure to know ahead of time which children may not have a father that is in their life so you can adjust the wording to help them be more comfortable completing the book.
- Cover – Happy Father’s Day _________
- This is my Dad. (draw a picture)
- My father and I like to eat ______ together.
- We love to play _____ when we have time.
- When are together we like to have fun _________.
- My favorite thing about dad is ______.Kids can easily add or change these pages. The pages can be adjusted to go along with speech and language goals that are being worked on. Think about ways to incorporate multilingual families into this project by encouraging special celebrations that they may do something special with their father.