Children love hearing tales from their family history. Preserve these important stories by having your children brainstorm questions to ask grandparents or other important senior citizens in their lives. Attach the questions to blank journals, then encourage them to write down their unique stories. Your children will get a history lesson in the bargain! For a more interactive project, sit down with grandparents and record their stories, adding snapshots and clippings. Read about one family’s experience creating grandparent journals.
Talk to your child:
What would you like to know about Grandma and Grandpa when they were growing up?
How do you think their childhood was different from yours?
Why do you think knowing about your family history is important?
Book to share: Our Grandparents: A Global Album by Maya Ajmera, Sheila Kinkade and Cynthia Pon. Ages 4-8. This beautiful book, with photographs of grandparents and grandchildren from around the world, shows children what’s universal about this unique relationship.