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Family Is The Heart of Our Home

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By Mohit ChawlaPublished 4 years ago 3 min read
Family Is The Heart of Our Home
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Every child has a person whose story should be told, a person who has taught, cared for, and loved them, a person whose influence and ability to inspire is truly heroic.

Families and communities are vital threads in the fabric of students' lives, imaginations, and reasons to write. Asking parents to read their child's writings, tell their children stories and histories, or otherwise participate in developing a child's story seamlessly incorporates family involvement into the curriculum as well. When families are invited to share their stories, folktales, and culture, there are several benefits for children, families, and schools

Encouraging students to talk with family members about their cultural heritage shows respect and interest in students' diverse cultures, making students and families feel more connected to the school.

Families are offered authentic, academically-oriented ways of being involved in the school without themselves needing to be highly proficient in English or numerous academic subjects

Students' writing connects them to their families and communities in diverse and creative ways. Families can support and provide experiences for their children to write about, and they themselves can participate in the story process by being storytellers or audiences. Children love to listen to stories, sharing time, and family history with the parent or grandparent who tells them. Listening to these stories, children learn the structure of narratives and the many ways of relating meaningful and engaging thoughts and events.

The first time I assigned the biographies I envisioned students researching a notable person, probably someone unrelated to themselves. You can imagine my surprise when at least two-thirds of the class chose to write about members of their own families.

horrified since each student presents a twenty-minute oral report about her biographical subject. How many grandmothers could we stand to hear about! How wrong I was. First, I was and continue to be amazed at the relatives that my students have. They come with stories that amaze, complete with documentation in old pictures, diaries, awards. I ask them to read at least one book that will familiarize them with the context of their subject's life.

What children can learn of the history

Much of what I discovered about the Depression I learned through research in books, which is a shame — I didn't take advantage of family history that surrounded me for many years. I'm afraid that when I was younger and my grandparents and parents would start to talk about their lives during the Depression, my eyes would glaze over and I'd think, "Oh, no, not those boring tall tales again!" … Now I feel a real sorrow when I think of all the knowledge, wisdom, and stories that have been forever lost with the deaths of my grandparents

He urges young people: "Go talk to Grandma and Grandpa, Mom and Dad and other relatives and friends. Discover and remember what they have to say about what they learned growing up. By keeping their stories alive, you make them, and yourself immortal".

Teachers can help their students embrace this advice by respecting the fundamental importance of family knowledge to the academic curriculum. One teacher asked her American history students to interview their parents about the civil rights movement when the class was studying that period. She then invited parents of diverse groups to share their experiences in class (Jackson, 1998). Here we see the families not simply feeding and nurturing the students' growing sense of who and what they are, but evolving from "just family" into knowing experts in their children's eyes.

It can be a motivating experience when children make this realization. At Tulalip Elementary School located on the Tulalip Indian Reservation in Washington, teacher David Cort and his students engaged in a project that included connecting technology, literacy, art, and culture:

Kids love learning about the rich culture we have here at Tulalip. They feel pride; they see themselves as leaders. Culture motivates them to learn. For many of these kids, when they realize that their family and the canoe culture is something they can share in the classroom. BE CONTINUED



About the Creator

Mohit Chawla

About me

I personally believe self made is not 100 % true.

Every person has got help by certain people.. They may be mentor, friends and team members but they surely are a part of their successful career.

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