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May 23, 2017

Don’t Forget About Dad!

By Shari Carter
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

    The last couple of weeks of school can get a little bit crazy. Students seem to be able to think only about summer vacation and all the FUN they’re going to have! We also have many interruptions during the last few weeks at school. The disruptions are fun, but all those music programs, rehearsals, graduations, and field trips can really do a number on daily schedules, and put a big kink in lesson planning. The struggle is real. Knowing what to plan and teach during the last days of the school year can really put teachers to the test. Kids seem louder than normal, talk nonstop, and seem to just bounce off walls. Who can blame them though? We all are excited for summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t survive — and thrive, until the last day of school.

    You can clearly see the level of engagement by looking at the concentrated looks on the faces of my students!

    Through the years, I’ve learned that if I plan activities that are meaningful, I have much greater success keeping my students engaged. Doing Father’s Day projects with them takes the guesswork out of what to plan during the last days of school — and the kids in my class love to celebrate the fathers in their lives.   

    You Light Up My Life!

    Fathers and father figures are the BEST, and they absolutely light up the lives of my students! Our class had so much fun doing this activity and I was delighted with how the projects turned out! I’m hoping all our dads will be just as excited to receive this special gift on Father’s Day! It was easy to prep and when I read what my kinders love about their fathers, my heart melted! If you would like to do this activity with your students, please feel free to use my "You Light Up My Life" name card and "Things I Love About My Dad" writing paper.

    Sweeeeet!

    This activity was not only fun, but it also met many standards. I am constantly searching for ways to integrate curriculum and provide activities for my students that are rigorous, engaging, and relevant to the standards my kids are expected to meet. Writing, art, colors, and fine motor development were all covered in this one little project!

      

     

    Who wouldn’t love a dad that gives piggyback rides and make you happy!

    Guess Whooooo Loves You?

    Cutest card ever! I love owls and boy did we have a blast creating these cards for our dads! I had a bunch of leftover scrapbook paper, so I didn’t even have to buy any! As a teacher on a budget, I always try to save a little money by using or repurposing the things I already have. The scrapbook paper wings really popped and made these cards adorable. There isn’t a lot to prep, but because I used scrap paper, I did have to precut all the wings for my students. I also cut (freehand) the owl bodies, but the next time I do this, I am going to create a template to save a little time.

    Tip: Make sure to have your students open the wings when they are done making their cards and set them out to dry. We learned the hard way that the wings can get stuck together if the wing slips underneath the “Guess Whoooo Loves You?” tag while it is drying.

    Father’s Day Portraits

    My kinders are getting really good at directed drawing, and this Father’s Day project has to be one of the easiest projects I have ever done. Their portraits blew me away! I have people at school tell me all the time that they can’t believe kindergarteners are capable of such advanced drawing. We start off directed drawing at the beginning of the year and with time, they keep getting better and better.

    Here’s what you’ll need:

    ·       11” x 8” white construction paper for the drawing

    ·       12” x 9” black construction paper for the background

    ·       Liquid watercolor paint

    ·       Black markers (I love Sharpies!)

    ·       Pencils

    ·       Crayons

    ·       Paint brushes

    ·       Glue

    We begin drawing dad by just sketching lightly with a pencil. I always remind my students that their drawing hand should be as light as a feather. For this drawing, we started with the shirt, drew simple lines for the neck, and a letter “U” for the face. We then added ears, hair, eyes, noses, and mouths. When we are done sketching dad with our pencils, we move to tracing the lines with a Sharpie marker.

    When the kids are finished tracing all lines with their Sharpies, I have them color in their fathers using crayons. I remind them to take their time and that this is a gift so they should be doing their very best job! The kids paint the background using liquid watercolors — and I just love the rich and vibrant look you get from using this medium! If you haven’t tried liquid watercolors yet, you need to right away! I promise you, you will NEVER go back to regular watercolors after seeing the beautiful results they produce.

    Dads Anchor Chart

    My students love writing about their dads and other important father figures in their lives. This anchor chart is so much fun to do with my kiddos, but it also provides great support to my students as they begin to write about their dads. It remains up in our classroom as we are working on our many Father’s Day projects. My kids reference it all the time! It’s also a great way to brainstorm why our dads are so important and build in a little gratitude for these men who do so very much to support and love these children. We work on these together and when we are finished, we read them aloud for shared reading. From the looks of this anchor chart, my students are fortunate to have some pretty amazing father figures in their lives!

    Books to Read Aloud for Father’s Day

    Nothing gets you in the mood for a new theme like a great set of books on the topic of focus. I have lots of books about mothers, but it wasn’t until recently that I found these great picks at Scholastic Reading Club. The best part about finding these gems at the Reading Club is that I didn’t have to pay for a single one of them! I love when I can use my bonus points to purchase books to go with the weekly themes I teach.

    Here are a few of my favorite books about dad:

    ·       Mighty Dads by Joan Holub

    ·       The Night Before Father’s Day by Natasha Wing

    ·       What Daddies Do Best? By Laura Numeroff

    ·       Tyrannosaurus Dad by Liz Rosenberg

    ·       Dad’s First Day by Mike Wohnoutka

    For more ideas and activities to celebrate the fathers and father figures in your students’ lives, please read my Top Teaching blog post from last year: “A Father’s Craft to End the School Year.

    Thanks for following me this school year – your support means the world to me! I hope your summer is filled with sunshine and smiles!

    Happy Summer and Lots of Hugs,

    Shari

    Check out my other blog posts!

     

     

    The last couple of weeks of school can get a little bit crazy. Students seem to be able to think only about summer vacation and all the FUN they’re going to have! We also have many interruptions during the last few weeks at school. The disruptions are fun, but all those music programs, rehearsals, graduations, and field trips can really do a number on daily schedules, and put a big kink in lesson planning. The struggle is real. Knowing what to plan and teach during the last days of the school year can really put teachers to the test. Kids seem louder than normal, talk nonstop, and seem to just bounce off walls. Who can blame them though? We all are excited for summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t survive — and thrive, until the last day of school.

    You can clearly see the level of engagement by looking at the concentrated looks on the faces of my students!

    Through the years, I’ve learned that if I plan activities that are meaningful, I have much greater success keeping my students engaged. Doing Father’s Day projects with them takes the guesswork out of what to plan during the last days of school — and the kids in my class love to celebrate the fathers in their lives.   

    You Light Up My Life!

    Fathers and father figures are the BEST, and they absolutely light up the lives of my students! Our class had so much fun doing this activity and I was delighted with how the projects turned out! I’m hoping all our dads will be just as excited to receive this special gift on Father’s Day! It was easy to prep and when I read what my kinders love about their fathers, my heart melted! If you would like to do this activity with your students, please feel free to use my "You Light Up My Life" name card and "Things I Love About My Dad" writing paper.

    Sweeeeet!

    This activity was not only fun, but it also met many standards. I am constantly searching for ways to integrate curriculum and provide activities for my students that are rigorous, engaging, and relevant to the standards my kids are expected to meet. Writing, art, colors, and fine motor development were all covered in this one little project!

      

     

    Who wouldn’t love a dad that gives piggyback rides and make you happy!

    Guess Whooooo Loves You?

    Cutest card ever! I love owls and boy did we have a blast creating these cards for our dads! I had a bunch of leftover scrapbook paper, so I didn’t even have to buy any! As a teacher on a budget, I always try to save a little money by using or repurposing the things I already have. The scrapbook paper wings really popped and made these cards adorable. There isn’t a lot to prep, but because I used scrap paper, I did have to precut all the wings for my students. I also cut (freehand) the owl bodies, but the next time I do this, I am going to create a template to save a little time.

    Tip: Make sure to have your students open the wings when they are done making their cards and set them out to dry. We learned the hard way that the wings can get stuck together if the wing slips underneath the “Guess Whoooo Loves You?” tag while it is drying.

    Father’s Day Portraits

    My kinders are getting really good at directed drawing, and this Father’s Day project has to be one of the easiest projects I have ever done. Their portraits blew me away! I have people at school tell me all the time that they can’t believe kindergarteners are capable of such advanced drawing. We start off directed drawing at the beginning of the year and with time, they keep getting better and better.

    Here’s what you’ll need:

    ·       11” x 8” white construction paper for the drawing

    ·       12” x 9” black construction paper for the background

    ·       Liquid watercolor paint

    ·       Black markers (I love Sharpies!)

    ·       Pencils

    ·       Crayons

    ·       Paint brushes

    ·       Glue

    We begin drawing dad by just sketching lightly with a pencil. I always remind my students that their drawing hand should be as light as a feather. For this drawing, we started with the shirt, drew simple lines for the neck, and a letter “U” for the face. We then added ears, hair, eyes, noses, and mouths. When we are done sketching dad with our pencils, we move to tracing the lines with a Sharpie marker.

    When the kids are finished tracing all lines with their Sharpies, I have them color in their fathers using crayons. I remind them to take their time and that this is a gift so they should be doing their very best job! The kids paint the background using liquid watercolors — and I just love the rich and vibrant look you get from using this medium! If you haven’t tried liquid watercolors yet, you need to right away! I promise you, you will NEVER go back to regular watercolors after seeing the beautiful results they produce.

    Dads Anchor Chart

    My students love writing about their dads and other important father figures in their lives. This anchor chart is so much fun to do with my kiddos, but it also provides great support to my students as they begin to write about their dads. It remains up in our classroom as we are working on our many Father’s Day projects. My kids reference it all the time! It’s also a great way to brainstorm why our dads are so important and build in a little gratitude for these men who do so very much to support and love these children. We work on these together and when we are finished, we read them aloud for shared reading. From the looks of this anchor chart, my students are fortunate to have some pretty amazing father figures in their lives!

    Books to Read Aloud for Father’s Day

    Nothing gets you in the mood for a new theme like a great set of books on the topic of focus. I have lots of books about mothers, but it wasn’t until recently that I found these great picks at Scholastic Reading Club. The best part about finding these gems at the Reading Club is that I didn’t have to pay for a single one of them! I love when I can use my bonus points to purchase books to go with the weekly themes I teach.

    Here are a few of my favorite books about dad:

    ·       Mighty Dads by Joan Holub

    ·       The Night Before Father’s Day by Natasha Wing

    ·       What Daddies Do Best? By Laura Numeroff

    ·       Tyrannosaurus Dad by Liz Rosenberg

    ·       Dad’s First Day by Mike Wohnoutka

    For more ideas and activities to celebrate the fathers and father figures in your students’ lives, please read my Top Teaching blog post from last year: “A Father’s Craft to End the School Year.

    Thanks for following me this school year – your support means the world to me! I hope your summer is filled with sunshine and smiles!

    Happy Summer and Lots of Hugs,

    Shari

    Check out my other blog posts!

     

     

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