Last night my grandchildren and I took turns reading from a delightful "chapter book" titled Family Tree by Katherine Ayers. It is an age appropriate fiction story of an 11 year old learning about her family.
This morning we looked at some of the history books I have been acquiring through book recycling locations.
These books being of less than desirable condition, will be cut, pasted, copied, and used to populate our ancestry wall chart. We are cutting and pasting clothing samples, maps, hairdos from these books to learn the fashions of past ancestors.
The family lineage we concentrated on today was my father's side of the family, the Hayley lineage. On the wall chart the lineage is color coded 'red'.
The lineage starts 1640 Jamestown. Using the birth and death locations of the family, land and estate reports, the children and I listed the town, states and dates. Then using the same 'red' color code, the kids used dry erase markers on a huge 30" x 60" map of the United States of America connected the towns together. Part of the map project was to add pivotal dates to the locations.
Today also included pancakes for breakfast, several hours at SeaWorld, and cooking dinner tonight, the kitchen is finally cleaned up, but I did not want to retire tonight before sharing Day 3. We will be tracing the Chapin Family from Mass. tomorrow. Along the way we talk about sharing the land with the Indians, the common interests and sense of cooperation and respect. The color code for Chapins will be blue.
After Thanksgiving and the focus of settling the lands ---
The adventure will build to a strong climax ----will we meet the end of this journey
and end with the Great grandparents both attending Santa Maria High School in California 1940s?? OR Will this Grandma fold under and be bedridden for the rest of the week?? Why do I think I can do these things???