Profiled below are just three of our many supportive fathers. Each in his own way demonstrates what being an active 10BH parent looks like. We honor and salute these fathers as well as all the dads involved with 10BH.
Several rows of chairs are lined all facing one at the front of the room. As the clock nears 10:30 am, several children arrive and scamper up near the front of the audience, and for half an hour get lost in a world of words and illustrations. The children shift in their seats and every now and again lean closer to get a better look.
Behind the children sit a few parents and among those parents are Maria and Emiliano. 10BH Learner Emiliano Jr. sits directly in front of his mother and seated behind her is Emiliano Sr. Emiliano looks over his wife’s shoulder and makes sure his son is paying attention. His son turns to him and gives him a smile. The story takes an unexpected turn and the room bursts out in laughter; Emiliano is no exception.
For several weeks now, Emiliano gathered his children and his wife and drove together down to the 10BH headquarters in East Palo Alto for the weekly Preschooler Storytime. As a parent in the 10BH program, Emiliano enjoys seeing his children learning new things every day and reports that since Emiliano Jr. joined the 10BH program, he has learned his entire ABCs and even counting up to thirty!
When asked to offer words of advice or encouragement to other parents, Emiliano stressed the importance of not just enrolling children in programs, but being actively involved with them in those programs, “especially during this age when they are learning so quickly.”
Milagros pauses, thinks hard and turning to her dad who is holding out the flashcard she exclaims, “Green!”
“Good job!” says her Role Model and then Milagro begins a celebratory round of high fives; first to her Role Model and then to her father, Gabriel.
Nearby, Milagros' 10 month old baby sister Camilla, moved by the enthusiasm in the room, lets out a shriek. Excitement is in the air and everyone is proud of how far Milagros has come with 10BH, especially her dad.
“Milagros is very talented,” says Gabriel, “even at such a young age she is learning so much and I think it is very important that we take advantage of that.”
Whether it is identifying colors, shapes, numbers, cutting out images, or reading her favorite book, How Do I Love You, Milagros completes each task with a smile on her face. It is her joy in learning that gives Gabriel so much pride. Her zeal is the reason he sits with her every night to go over her homework and read from her collection of books.
Gabriel says he is a proud father and can not wait to repeat the 10BH program with his youngest daughter, Camilla.
A cluster of parents, students and staff eagerly wait for the charter bus that will transport them to “Charlotte’s Web,” the play. Amongst the crowd is 4 year old JanMarco, his older sister and two parents. It was the family’s first time being at a play and the costumes, bright lights and joyous laughter bursting from the audience swelled inside each of them. Marco, the father of the family, watched with delight as his son became entranced in the drama and relished the enchantment that fell upon his daughter as she walked across the Stanford University campus – her dream school.
As the night carried on, Marco made sure that the night would be special not only for his family but for others as well. Interacting with other Learners and their parents, Marco quickly became the leader of the herd that night and played a major role in the overall success of the trip.
Marco strives to provide for his family not just financially but also by exposing his children to opportunities that broaden their horizons.
“We look for programs that involve us as an entire family and 10 Books a Home does just that,” said Marco.
As Father’s Day approaches, 10BH recommends picking up a reading selection that is not only fun, but celebrates one of the most important figures in our lives: our fathers.
Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer, tells one of the many “Little Critter” stories, highlighting a son’s special day with his father. Leaving home to go camping for the day, Little Critter learns all about setting up camp, catching dinner and warding off prey. Having to overcoming various obstacles, Little Critter learns all about staying safe and having fun, all the while spending quality time with his father.
For more Father’s Day fun be sure to also check out The 10 Best Things About My Dad by Christine Loomis and Grandpas Are For Finding Worms by Harriet Ziefert.