Father's Day Homeschool Unit Study

by Jimmie

It's summer, but if you're still learning, Father's Day makes a great unit study topic. Honor Dad with these homeschool lesson plans and printables.

Even though Father's Day falls during what is traditionally the summer break from school, this holiday can make an out-of-the-ordinary homeschool unit study.

Here are some resources to create a unit study about Father's Day.

Give Dad the Extra Love He Deserves

Although Mother's Day has been celebrated since 1912, Father's Day didn't become a national holiday until 1972 when President Nixon signed it into law. Now it's hard to imagine June without buying a card or tie for "dear old dad."

  • Learn about the history of Father's Day and why it took so long to become an official holiday.
  • Interview your own father and discover some stories from his childhood.
  • Create meaningful gifts that highlight Dad's accomplishments and give him special recognition.
  • Spend time with Dad, doing things that both children and father enjoy.

 

Father's Day Download N Go
Father's Day Download N Go

Unit Study Guide for Father's Day

If you are new to unit study planning or simply short on time, these instant downloads are fantastic resources! Everything you need for a five day study is included in the ebook -- links, printables, information, and activity ideas. 

Father's Day Download N Go

Designed for Grades K - 4

  • Day 1: What Is Father's Day?
  • Day 2: The History of Father's Day
  • Day 3: Celebrating Father's Day
  • Day 4: Preparing for Father's Day
  • Day 5: Goodies for Father's Day

Free Father's Day Resources

Father's Day Notebooking Pages
Free printable pages to write about or for Dad on Father's Day.

Activity Village Father's Day Printables
Cards, certificates, minibooks, and note paper are among the freebies here.

Nourish Interactive Father's Day Page
Lots of full color printable certificates and cards for dad.

Family Crafts Certificates for Dads
Full color certificates to honor Dads.

Make Dad a Booklet Expressing Your Love

The Notebooking Fairy -- printables and how-tos with a pinch of pixie dust The free printables linked to the left can serve as frugal but meaningful Father's Day gifts. Nothing will mean more to dad than reading heartfelt expressions of love, respect, and appreciation.

Print out some coloring pages, certificates, and notebooking pages and assemble a booklet just for Dad.

Coupon Book for Dad

Another fun idea is to make coupons for dad to redeem throughout the year. These can be in a calendar format with one per week or one per month. Or just give him a stack of coupons to redeem anytime.

Dads visits to the movies, new books, and hobby supplies. But gifts don't have to cost money. Consider these quality time rewards:

  • make homemade cookies (or other favorite treat)
  • wash the car
  • organize a closet or desk drawer

Help your children decide what Dad appreciates most from them and then make that into a coupon. 

Old Fashioned Dad Walking With Children

Dad
Dad

Ideas for Dads

Most fathers mean well, but many of them are not very skilled at making time for their children. Work and leisure pursuits distract them until there is little left for their sons and daughters. 

Help Dad be proactive about spending time with his kids. The books listed below have ideas for manly projects that fathers can do with their children.

With a little nudge, Dad will be armed to invest more of his life into his children.

Encourage Dad to Interact With the Children

Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects an...
Gotham
$18.00  $2.91
Be the Coolest Dad on the Block: All ...
Broadway
$14.99  $1.74
Treehouses and other Cool Stuff: 50 P...
Gibbs Smith
$19.99  $8.81

Is Father's Day Important?

Or Too Commercialized?

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Yes, Father's Day is important. We should honor Dad, buy him gifts, and make his day special.
tandemonimom on 06/18/2011

There's no doubt it is commercialized, but that doesn't make a special day for dad a bad thing. We go out to dinner the day before (to avoid the crowds) and make our own fun.

TerriRexson on 06/11/2011

I think it's good for kids to think about other people. We usually make rather than buy gifts. We share parenting equally so their Dad should certainly get his day.

Updated: 02/27/2012, Jimmie
 
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