A Window into History: Family Memory in Children's by Eleanor MacDonald

By Eleanor MacDonald

This is a wonderful source for objectives-based schooling. as the starting place of the social reviews curriculum is the kinfolk, A Window into background provides academics an enticing strategy for introducing scholars to books which are based as own narratives of kin histories. those books, either fiction and nonfiction, mixed with hugely applicable actions and tasks, construct topics round neighborhood, heritage, and cultural or social alterations. furthermore, the range of cultural backgrounds within the titles makes A Window into heritage in particular necessary in courses that emphasize multicultural matters. steered instructor source for grades 3-8.

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Using the above books and series, learn about food and cooking in the countries of your ancestors. What foods are grown or produced in these countries? What are popular foods and what are special foods for holidays? Ask older members of your family what foods they remember as being particular family favorites. Do any of these come from your country of origin? Does someone in your family still prepare some of these dishes? If so, try to get the recipe or find a similar recipe in a cookbook. If it’s not too complicated, try cooking it yourself.

Do you know anyone who plays the traditional instruments of the country? Perhaps they will let you make a recording of this music. Make notes on the information you find and compile a collection of personal and family favorites from the music you have found. 2. Does anyone in your family remember the traditional dances from their countries of origin? If possible, have family members or someone in your community show you how to do some of these dances. If you can’t find someone to teach you personally, you can find videotapes of folk dancing and recordings with music and dance instructions in the library.

Where Did I Come From? For this project you will need a simple outline world map that shows national boundaries. You may also need to look at historic maps since the boundaries and names of some countries have changed. Talk to your parents and grandparents or any other family member who can tell you about your ancestors. When did your family first come to America? Which countries did they come from, and when? As you gather information, begin to mark on the map all the places your family lived before they immigrated.

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