Sunday, November 25, 2012

Children and Genealogy

If you didn't know already, we are career homeschoolers. I started homeschooling our children at birth. All of my children grew up with genealogy all around them since I started doing research before any of them were born. Libraries, microfilm and cemeteries were just a normal part of their life. This post is not only for other homeschoolers out there but for any researching parent who wants to involve their child in their research AND improve their English skills.

There is an English program based on genealogy called Write Your Roots. What I like about this program is that it focuses on writing stories about the family instead of just listing names and dates. If you read the FAQ on the above page you will see how the program works. This is a complete English program so if you are not a homeschooler you might want to modify it a bit to focus more on the stories themselves instead of the grammar/punctuation/capitalization/editing instruction that goes along with it. Or, if your child needs some extra practice with his/her English skills, you could use it as written as a great summer project. This program is recommended for 5th-12th graders though I think it is best for a middle schooler.

The finished product would be a great present for the grandparents or even aunts and uncles, especially if embellished with some photographs and key documents. This project would be perfect for the child that has shown some interest in your research.

An EXCELLENT companion to this program (or you could use this alone if the above program is just too much) is My Family Tree Workbook. This one only costs $3.95! This is a simple fill-in-the-blank workbook that records all of the information for the child through the great-grandparents. It allows you to record all kinds of interesting facts about each person, especially the child himself. All of my children used this workbook. It is an oldie but a goodie (copyright 1982). It is good for the older elementary or younger middle school age child.

Copyright © 2012 Michele Simmons Lewis

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