Las Manos de Apá (The Hands of My Father): Fathers’ Group Lessons

Author (Organization)
United States Office of Head Start.
Resource Type
Training Materials
Resource Format

Las Manos de Apá resources are designed to support Latino fathers as early literacy models for their children. The resources outline creating father-friendly environments, building community supports, sharing stories, and supporting early literacy for young children. Head Start and Early Head Start staff may find these practice models useful when working with Latino fathers. These lessons use group process called "circulo de hombres," or circle of men, to experiment with storytelling to support children's early literacy skills. The fathers support each other in skill-building and learn the value of holding babies, singing to babies, caressing babies, making faces, and playing with board books and toys. They learn to help their children build foundational reading skills, which help them to become successful later in school. Many of the activities are in English and Spanish. (Author abstract)

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