This week was all about FAMILY for us. The girls and I read about the creation of the first family in Genesis and studied some other references to marriage and family in the Bible. We also read the book Grandfather's Journey by Alan Say. It was a lot of fun helping the girls learn about their own family and the people from which they come, so-to-speak. A week ago, I solicited mine and Nathan's parents to send letters to the girls telling them about their Great-Grandfathers and/or Great Grandmothers that they will meet in Heaven one day. Truly, this was the highlight of our week.
This afternoon, when my littlest ones were sleeping. I cuddled up on the couch with my older girls. I pulled out each letter and read it to them. They recv'd one from each of Nathan's parents, one from my Mother, and one from MY Grandmother (about their GREAT-GREAT Grandfather!). Most of them had old B&W photos to go along. It was truly an experience that I will never forget.
After reading the letters, we set out to create our own family tree on the kitchen wall. It ended up being OVER 6 ft tall, but it is beautiful. My 6 & 5 yr old daughters did all of the cutting and writing. It was a long afternoon, but I think it was worth it. Don't you? After taking the picture, I went and found several pictures of my side of the family to add including one of MY Great Grandparents. I would encourage you to do this with your children. It wasn't just a project for them. I can see, so much, a sense of belonging in them after this week. They are proud of their work, but they are even MORE proud of their family.