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Family Tree in Preschool

by on Feb 7th, 2011

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When learning about our families, the family tree is one lesson or activity that we just couldn’t miss out on. A family tree making activity can be done for all ages, from preschool to high school. It is one activity that would simply differ in the process it is made. So for my toddler class, what’s the best way for the kids to make it?

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My partner and I were discussing how we were to let the children make their family trees. Should we ask them to bring pictures? Should we print out a tree? Several ideas came to mind but we kept coming across several road bumps that made us think if the kids could do it, and if there were enough of us to assist them. Eventually, we both agreed on an idea, and did not regret it at all.

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It is important for each of us to know the members of our family. It is important for parents to tell their children about these people and to make them part of the children’s lives. So who else could tell more about the family than the members or the parents themselves. Hence, we decided to let the kids make their family trees at home and share it with their classmates the following week. Though their stories were limited (since they were still toddlers), they were still able to point each picture and tell the class who this person was.

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Allowing the kids to make their family trees with their parents did not only allow them to hear first hand stories about their uncles, aunts, grandparents and other family members; but it also allowed them to spend time with their families in producing very creative and one of a kind family trees. The only guideline we gave them was to include pictures, to label the pictures, to use hand prints for each member and to use a certain size of paper.

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Check out some of their creative works:

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Cheryl Golangco is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of LittleRunningTeacher.com. On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes various articles to WhenInManila.com. Follow her on Twitter

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