Whether you are a parent who is homeschooling or a teacher needing a lesson plan for the classroom --- family is a good theme. Celebrate this very special relationship by using a variety of activities that focus on the family. Take this theme into reading, writing, speaking, music, and art.
My Family Quilt
There is nothing cozier than a quilt. They feel like home. Begin this lesson by reading The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy and discuss the importance of family and what family means to each child. Talk about the making of quilts and how you can incorporate family heirlooms and memories inside this stitched piece of art.
Why not try an art project involving quilts? Cut out squares of pastel-colored paper. Invite the kids to draw and color a quilt block for each member of the family including pets. Draw the person and surround the headshot with things they love. Now, if you have an odd number of family members, just have the child create an extra quilt block (or two) with some of his/her favorite things. When all blocks are done, glue them together onto a sheet of poster board. Next, take a black marker and create stitch marks around each quilt block to replicate the real stitching on a quilt – a work of art that has spanned generations.
Family Fun and Laughs
For this themed activity, read the book The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant. It’s a fun pairing of words and pictures that capture the energy and love that flows from a family reunion. After reading the story together, take time to share memories of family experiences.
For a project, have the kids think of a specific family gathering. At the top of the page of paper, write the event in a large circle. Next, branch down to the next level and add all the family members who attended. The third row holds circles for things that happened during the event. The last row of circles includes thoughts of how the children felt during this family gathering. This “graphic organizer” project helps kids to express how they feel about their family, the events, and even tips for future family gatherings. This organizer design is almost like an outline for when students are asked to write a story.CONTINUE READING... (a Bright Hub Education article by Tania Cowling)
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The Relatives Came
The Patchwork Quilt
Family is always a good theme to engage children in discussion and activities. Children learn through books and art -- get them involved today.
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