Father's Day



FATHERS DAY IN AUSTRALIA
is 2 September.  It is always on the first Sunday in September and is a day for people to show appreciation of their fathers or father figures. 


As 2012 is the National Year of Reading we would like to encourage Dads to read books to their children especially during the month of September when we celebrate Father's Day and International Literacy Day as well as Literacy and Numeracy Week in schools.



INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY is held on 8 September each year to raise people's awareness and concern for literacy issues around the world.  The theme this year is Cultivating the Peace!  For more information go to the UNESCO International Literacy Day website.

A RHYME FOR DADDY

My Daddy

(chant to the beat)

My daddy, my daddy, my daddy dear
My daddy, my daddy tickles me here
ON MY NOSE - Tickle tickle tickle Yeah!

Use different parts of the body - tummy, toes, cheeks, back etc.  You can also substitute different family members eg. mummy, granny, poppy!



Birth to 6 Months - Get dad to hold the baby while he looks into baby's eyes.  Chant the rhyme slowly moving the baby to the beat of the words.  Gently tickle the baby on the named body part.  As baby gets older the tickling can become more vigorous and lots of fun for both you and the baby.

6 Months to 5+ Years - Get Dad to hold the child on their knee with the child facing them.  Bounce them to the beat of the rhyme and tickle them on the named body part.  After a few goes you can begin to hesitate at the end before you tickle them.  This will create lots of excitement and you will notice that they will wait for the tickle to come!!  As your child gets older you can ask your child to 'do' the rhyme to you which makes it even more fun for you both!



Learning Language and Relationship Building

This simple rhyme uses repitition - the best way for young children to learn - and also teaches the names of body parts as you tickle them over and over again.  You will form a close attachment with your child as you chant this rhyme and children will learn vocabulary due to the fun interactions they are experiencing.  Bouncing to the beat is important for reading later on.  Children need an inner sense of beat to read and manage some number activities.  Bouncing also exercises the vestibular system - our sixth sense - found in the inner ear and responsible for balance.  By hesitating at the end of the rhyme children will learn to predict what is coming next.  Prediction is a strategy children need to use for reading.  Finally, by having your child 'do' the rhyme on you, you will be building their self-confidence and self esteem building them into healthy socially and emotionally intelligent adults. 



SOME MORE INTERACTIVE RHYMES FOR FATHERS DAY

Ride a Horse
(chant to beat)

Ride a horse
Ride a horse
Ride a horse to town
Ride a horse
Ride a horse
Be careful you don't fall down!

Add extra verses - walk the horse, trot the horse, canter the horse, gallop the horse - getting faster and faster aech time!



This rhyme is also best performed with the child sitting on your horsey knee. 



Pretend to drop them at the end of the rhyme.  Hesitate after you say 'be careful you'!!  Lift your child up and give them a big cuddle at the end of the rhyme.   You could even chant this rhyme while galloping around the house or yard like horses and fall into a big heap at the end. 




Little Red Wagon
(traditional tune)

Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
Having lots of fun!

Turn the corner in my little red wagon
Over a bridge
Through a tunnel
On a bumpy road
Stop - it's a stop sign
GO - it's a green light
We're all home now in my little red wagon
THAT WAS LOTS OF FUN!
(traditional US adapted)

This rhyme can also be performed on the knee or by bumping up and down around the house or yard!  There is a lot of positional language being used to aid future maths learning.  You can even make up lots of verses for this great fun rhyme - just like my kids did!



FUN FATHER'S DAY ACTIVITIES

An Act of Appreciation

The Your Kids Education website has a list of TOP TEN Father's Day Activities for Kids taken from a variety of other fabulous websites and blogs!  Some examples are idaes for

MOST IMPORTANTLY HAVE FUN WITH YOUR CHILD.  LAUGHTER HELPS TO RELEASE ENDORPHINS IN THE BRAIN WHICH ASSITS EVERYONE TO LEARN BETTER AND DEVELOP STRONGER FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS.

AND

HaPpY FaThEr'S DaY tO aLL tHe DaD's OuT tHeRe!