Celebrating Father's Day in the classroom, when dad is not around.

How do you celebrate Father's Day when dad isn't around any more? Young students that may have lost a father through separation or death, struggle with this special day each year. Here are some tips for how to make this an inclusive day for all students.

Father's Day. The day when children all over the nation celebrate how wonderful their father is and the contribution they make to their lives daily. 

Sadly, for some students, Father's Day is a day for sadness. A day when they suddenly feel 'different' to other children in their class. Family separation, divorce, estrangement or even death can mean some children are without their father on this special day.

As their classroom teacher, how can you be inclusive and yet still sensitive to the needs of these children during Father's Day celebrations?

FIND OUT IF DAD IS AROUND

Check your school online data system to see if both parents are around? Ask all students if they will be making a card for dad this year? If in doubt, ask the parent or guardian contact listed in your school records. There is nothing worse for a child without a father around, to be forced to design a father's day card/craft when they have nobody to give it to.

How do you celebrate Father's Day when dad isn't around any more? Young students that may have lost a father through separation or death, struggle with this special day each year. Here are some tips for how to make this an inclusive day for all students.

BE FLEXIBLE

Adapt Father's Day crafts and resources to include grandfathers, uncles or other male role models or even consider making a card for mum (who is doing double-duty at home!).

How do you celebrate Father's Day when dad isn't around any more? Young students that may have lost a father through separation or death, struggle with this special day each year. Here are some tips for how to make this an inclusive day for all students.
How do you celebrate Father's Day when dad isn't around any more? Young students that may have lost a father through separation or death, struggle with this special day each year. Here are some tips for how to make this an inclusive day for all students.
What do you do to keep Father's Day inclusive in your classrooms?

How do you celebrate Father's Day when dad isn't around any more? Young students that may have lost a father through separation or death, struggle with this special day each year. Here are some tips for how to make this an inclusive day for all students.






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