Making a Family Tree Geography Project: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

May 15, 2014

Geography for Kids - Cultures & My Family Tree Projects from waddleeahchaa.com

Week at a Glance:

  • Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands by Kadir Nelson
  • Who We Are – Our Culture
  • Culture Is Our Way of Life
  • Cultures Around the World
  • FREE printable: Getting to Know Our Culture
  • FREE printable: My Family Tree
  • My Family Tree Collage Art Project

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands Books for Kids GIVEAWAY from waddleeahchaa.com

Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands by Kadir Nelson

Why we love this book:

I found this lovely book while searching for a baptism gift for a little preschooler friend. Oh my goodness. Just look at that face. Delightful happiness! Author Kadir Nelson gorgeously illustrates the spiritual and beloved American song He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands. The book warmly highlights a young boy and his family, interpreting the lyrics of the song in a family setting. This is a book that will make your heart smile as it portrays the best about our families and our world.

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands Books for Kids GIVEAWAY from waddleeahchaa.com

Since we are head-over-heals in the middle of our year long series,  Geography for Kids, I saw this traditional song in a new light. I saw it through the lenses of Geography. If you sing the words of the song, it covers geography from the moon and the stars to the oceans and the seas. And it sweetly reminds us that He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands! He’s got everybody everywhere in HIS hands! A lovely message indeed.

This book nicely wraps up our first semester of  Geography for Kids Lessons and Activities and transitions us into getting to know the Countries and People around our great big world.

Geography for Kids Lesson 9

Getting to Know Our Culture

Geography Cultures & Family Tree Project from waddleeahchaa.com

Supplies:

  • FREE printable: Getting to Know My Culture
  • FREE printable: My Family Tree
  • A Child’s Introduction to The World by Heather Alexander p. 34 – 35
  • The Travel Game by John Grandits
    • My kids looooved this book and giggled throughout. The author nicely ties-in two aspects of our lesson. The book highlights a boy and his extended family living and working together. They live in Buffalo but sit down to a traditional polish meal cooked by Grandma. They portray a multi-generational American family. Second, Tad loves to play the travel game with his Aunt Hattie. They travel the world through books and create wild, funny adventures together. You’ve got to look for this book!
  • family tree and old photos
  • white card-stock, black Sharpie, fine-point Sharpie, tissue paper, Mod-Podge, paint brushes, scissors

 

Step 1: Read Books About Travel, Cultures, Families and Generations

 

Geography Cultures & Family Tree Project from waddleeahchaa.com

The Aristegueita Family Tree

Step 2: Getting to Know Our Family History

  • My father in-law had an official family tree made and gave each of his children a copy. My kiddos were certainly impressed with how old and fancy it is. It is fancy but it’s not very old. Just a good fake.

Geography Cultures & Family Tree Project from waddleeahchaa.com

Love, Love, Love My Grandfathers

  • The kiddos and I looked at old family photos and learned about their great-grandparents.
  • This photo of my two Grandfathers on a bicycle-built-for-two was taken in our small town park. The same small town park right at the bottom of the hill from our home. The same park where I played as a child and where my children now play.
  • This photo is one of my most beloved possessions.

Geography Cultures & Family Tree Project from waddleeahchaa.comStep 3: Getting to Know Our Culture

  • Each of the kiddos filled out a little family survey to help them get to know where and from whom they come.
  • FREE printable: Getting to Know My Culture

My Family Tree Art Collage Project

Geography Cultures & Family Tree Project from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 1: Draw the Trunk of Your Tree & Write Your Name

  • I drew a very simple sample for the kids to follow.
  • They used a Sharpie Marker to draw the foundation from which they grew and wrote their name.
  • The trunk represents the child.
  • We talked about why Mommy and Daddy chose their names especially for each of them.
  • We also talked about the meaning of their surname and Mommy’s maiden name.

Geography Cultures & Family Tree Project from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 2: Draw The Two Branches of Your Family

  • Draw a branch representing your father.
  • Then draw two branches representing your father’s parents.
  • Repeat on the other side of the tree representing your mother’s family.
  • Add small twigs as family members branching from tree.

Geography Cultures & Family Tree Project from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 3: Tear Tissue Paper Leaves

  • The children picked a color scheme for their trees and tore tissue paper leaves.

Geography Cultures & Family Tree Project from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 4: Paint a Layer of Mod Pode Glue

 

Geography Cultures & Family Tree Project from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 5: Add Layers of Tissue Paper Leaves

 

Geography Cultures & Family Tree Project from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 6: Coat Leaves with Top Layer of Mod Podge

 

Geography Cultures & Family Tree Project from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 7: Add Names to Family Tree

Geography Cultures & Family Tree Project from waddleeahchaa.com

FREE printable: My Family Tree

Geography Cultures & Family Tree Project from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 8: Cut and Glue Family Names Onto Family Tree

  • We added one last topcoat of Mod Podge to adhere all parts of the family tree.

Geography Cultures & Family Tree Project from waddleeahchaa.com

Family Tree Project, MacGyver, age 10

Geography Cultures & Family Tree Project from waddleeahchaa.com

Family Tree Project, Miss Enigma, age 7

 

Developing a Family Bond

The kiddos were extremely pleased with their Family Trees. We since have framed both of the Family Trees and the children have them displayed in each of their bedrooms. Because the children personally made their own Family Tree, they add special meaning for the children. If I had made the Family Trees and hung them in the children’s room, I’m sure they would never even glance at them.

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands Books for Kids GIVEAWAY from waddleeahchaa.com

 

We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands by Kadir Nelson

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Answer any question on the “Getting to Know Our Culture” Survey.  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, May 25, 2014

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, May 26, 2014. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

 

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Phyllis at All Things Beautiful May 16, 2014 at 9:33 am

What a beautiful project! I love it!!

Tara H May 19, 2014 at 7:08 am

I love to eat eggs and grits for breakfast! :)

Jeannine May 19, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Well Tara, You must be a southern gal!

Tara H May 19, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Definitely! ;) Georgia born and raised!

Ellie May 24, 2014 at 5:31 pm

I’m a Euromutt. On my father’s side, ancestors come from England, Wales, and Scotland mostly. And on my mother’s side, we’re English, German, and Czech mostly. I heard I might have a drop of French blood. Woo hoo!

Glad to be back on your blog again!

Jeannine May 27, 2014 at 8:42 am

Wonderful to hear from you again Ellie!

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