Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Vocabulary Target Words: mother, father, parent, child, brother, sister, grandparent, uncle, cousin, relatives, family, biological, adopted, step
Family Traits ~ Read His Mother’s Nose by Peter Maloney. Discuss how family traits can be shared by family members (hair or eye color, freckles, dimples, cleft chin, etc) and have the child identify traits he/she shares with someone in the family. Me and My Family Tree by Paul Showers offers a brief explanation of family genetics and hereditary traits and would also be useful for this activity.
Name Game ~ Families sometimes use names to carry a legacy with different generations. For instance, a child named after grandparents or a family name such as Robert, Robert Jr., Robert III, etc. Another version of this would be a specific nickname carried by different members or generations of a family.
Traditions ~ Read The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant. Discuss how families celebrate different traditions. For instance, every week after church we go to grandma’s house for lunch or every Summer we go camping at the lake house, etc. The idea is to discuss traditions within the family which are unique or special to them. If discussing a holiday, make sure you differentiate between a holiday celebration and an actual family tradition, such as, every Christmas we get together at a relatives house and exchange one gift on Christmas Eve. That shows a specific event/tradition specific to their family.
Family Celebrations or Gatherings ~ Discuss different events specific to a family: birthday, anniversary, family reunion, wedding, funeral, etc.
Roles & Contributions ~ Using this form, have the child identify family members and what they think each person contributes to the family unit. Have the child think about their own role in the family and what they contribute. The idea is to show how family members all have purpose and provide something important/unique to the family. sample form.
Family Tree ~ Help your child create a family tree using an online template or by creating their own using construction paper with their arm/hand as the trunk and the fingers as the branches. They can use pictures, labels or real leaves to finish off the tree.
Family Crest or Coat of Arms ~ If your family has a crest or coat of arms show them what it looks like and explain the meaning behind the colors and symbols. If not, you can print out an online shield template or clipart. They can draw different things, color it and label it with the family name.
Collage/Family Portrait ~ Use photos to build a collage or family portrait.
Acrostic Poem ~ They can write a poem based on the letters, ie. F is for….A is for…. etc.
Interesting Facts/Information ~ Talk with them about their family heritage, traditions, famous or influential members in the family, specific or unique family traits (dimples, red hair, moles, etc), if they are named after a specific member of the family or anyone else who shares their name in the family, etc.
Heirlooms ~ Do you have special heirlooms in a treasure chest you can share/discuss with them?
AllKidsNetwork.com has a number of family themed worksheets to help kids learn about family using various skills and formats. For example, they have a house worksheet to help children think about their own family & home, as well as different sheets that identify family members through word scramble, matching, writing and spelling exercises.
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