Father's Day is coming up on Sunday, and it's a good time to remember a few basics, that are often skipped over. While yes, everyone had a biological father, not everyone has a father figure at home. And not everyone has a stand in, uncle, grandpa, family friend, or neighbor.
Yes there are many great dads out there, and many single dads doing it all too!
And there are also many happy households that have TWO dads to celebrate and not just one.
This is a good opportunity to remember what it is that we are saying, or promoting, and if we are having kids feel included, or othered.
What is "othered" othered is when you have check boxes that ask, are you this or are you that, or are you other. It's also a philosophy that happens all too often sadly in classrooms.
"Today we are all making a fathers day card." How do these kids feel?
Which dad, my step dad that I live with and love, that brings me to school everyday, or my dad that I love and play baseball with every weekend?
Which dad, I have two?
My dad died last year during covid, do I still make a card?
My mom and dad are getting a divorce, and we never see him now, he only loves his new girlfriend...
Ummm I don't have a dad, I live with my grandpa and grandpa.
I am in foster care.
My family doesn't celebrate made up holidays.
These kids are more than statistics, and I challenge you to find ways to make sure that activities always are inclusive and don't leave kids having to solve problems that a lot of grownups still haven't figured out! And to be flexible, remember what we are really here to learn or teach at the end of the day.
Also the policy at Over The Bay Pre-K is that we don't do holidays. For example we don't change the curriculum at Christmas to an entire week of Christmas, instead we stay on track with our learning. Just like all kids don't celebrate Kwanzaa, not all kids celebrate Christmas. But ALL kids need and deserve early education!
Until next time, take care of you!
Director of Over The Bay Pre-K