Family Projects

What Makes Your Family Special?

Big Question:

Work together as a family to explore what makes your family special (unique, awesome, interesting, extraordinary, etc)

Some research ideas:

  • Ask adults in your family what their life was like when they were young. Where did they live? Who did they live with?
  • Call relatives and discuss what they think makes your family special. Ask about their history and lives.
  • Ask a family member how your name was chosen -or- think about what you like/dislike about your name.
  • Use online databases and search engines to learn about the history of your family names.
  • Look up on a map all the places your family lives or has lived.

Activities/Presentation options:

  • Draw a family portrait that shows what makes your family special
  • Create a poster about your family
  • Create paper dolls for each member of your family
  • Create a map (online or on paper) of how your family is connected
  • Use Google Slides to teach us about your family
  • Write the story of a memory you have about your family
  • Write an essay introducing us to your family
  • Create a video that highlights your special family

  • Write (and perform!) a song about why your family is special
  • Dress up as someone special in your family and take a picture
  • Create a family tree
  • Cook a family favorite meal together
  • Plan a dream vacation for your family
  • Make a list of all your favorite family activities
  • Make a playlist that represents each member of your family
  • Help us understand what makes your family special in any other way you think fits

How will we organize our days?

Some families have been asking us how to keep their children on a schedule. This is a family decision, but for those who have asked, we have put together this family project.

Big Question:

Work together as a family to agree on schedule that works for everyone.

Some Planning Ideas:

  • Explore sample schedules to get ideas (try using google to search key words like family schedules or daily routines)
  • Start with important daily milestones including meals, snack, chores, responsibilities, wake up and bed times, etc
  • Discuss priorities such as school time, exercise, time outdoors, communicating with friends/family online or by phone, screen time vs screen-free time, etc
  • Think about how the normal school day is organized. This can be a guide for your day at home.
  • Decide when your family will stick to the schedule and when it will be more relaxed (week days vs weekends)
  • Students may be able to design their own schedules and propose it their families

Activities/Presentation options:

  • Type and print a daily schedule
  • Use google calendars
  • Draw out your schedule with a picture to remind yourself what you will be doing each part of the day
  • Create a journal to record what you are doing each day and include your schedule on the cover or first page
  • Create a presentation to sell kid created schedule to grownups
  • Create a playlist of songs for transitioning between activities
  • Record a video of the schedule in action to share with friends and family
  • Write your teacher an email explaining your plan

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