We Are Family
Students share stories about their own unique families with an underlying theme of all families, whether traditional or not, as loving and caring ensembles.
- Grades: PreK–K
We are all part of a family. Families are configured in different ways with many factors affecting them: divorce, adoption, remarriage, ethnic diversity, grandparents as primary care givers, single parents, foster care, etc. In this unit, students learn that there are different kinds of families and no one structure is better than another. They discover that all types of families love and care for each other.
- Discuss their family structures.
- Become familiar with the family diversity of their peers and others in the world.
- Learn about family habits, history, and values.
Lesson Plans for this Unit
Lesson 1: Family Quilts Keep Us Warm
Lesson 2: Brown Paper Bag Family Memories
Lesson 3: Tracing Our Own Family Pilgrimages
Two weeks before Thanksgiving, I send home a letter telling families about our Kinder-giving Feast and inviting them to share a family favorite dish. I also ask them to share the recipe for our Class Cookbook for the housekeeping center (and for me). On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, our families gather for a feast of family favorites. Children perform a song and poem. This event gives families an opportunity to see all the projects we've been working on this month.