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Genealogy for Kids

Posted on May 7, 2011 at 2:50 PM

By day, I am a Kindergarten teacher.  My school is preparing for LAMPS Day, which is like a science fair, but students can participate in any area.  The L stands for Language Arts, A is for the Arts, M is for Math, P is for Physical Education, and the S is for Science and Social Studies.  The students in grades 3-5 are required to come up with a project or presentation.  It is optional for students in grades K-2.  The K-2 teachers were encouraged to come up with a whole class display that involved all of the students.  So, I'm thinking "What am I going to do that will involve all of my students?"  In the e-mail request, our princial made a comment something like, "the students involvement might spark a lifelong interest..."  Immediately, I knew what I was going to do!

 

My love of genealogy is a lifelong passion, so why not see if I can start some of my students early?  I regret that I was never interested in genealogy until after the death of my mother and all of my grandparents.  While I always loved history and anything old, I never questioned my heritage or my roots.  I regret all of the missed opportunities I had to discuss these topics with the previous generations before it was too late.

 

I started searching the internet to find a family tree suitable for Kindergarten students and their families.  While the idea of a tree is fairly simple, it can be complex if you've never done one before!  My search led me to the Love To Know website, where they have links and resources for free family tree printables.  I chose the following tree for my students:

 

 

 

You can click on the image above to download this tree from the website where I found it, which is called Kids' Turn Central.  They have other forms and charts available to help children with genealogy research too.  There is an interview form and other trees and charts.

 

Stay tuned with how this LAMPS project turns out.  The children's family trees are due back on May 20.  I already have two returned.  I also asked for old family photos, and have received one so far.  LAMPS Day is in June, so I will post some photos of our finished display after the event.

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