It was such an honor to be asked to help illustrate some family history questions for Sugardoodle and RootsTech. You can get the complete sugardoodle/rootstech kit here.
The kit (which is a free download) is full of some wonderful ideas on how to make family history come alive for our families and the people that we teach. Researchers state that “There is something powerful about actually knowing these stories,"
"Psychologists from Emory University recorded family dinner conversations to learn more about how (or how much) families shared their stories. Then they developed a “Do You Know” scale to assess how much teens knew about their family history.
They found that greater knowledge of family history — and higher scores on the Do You Know scale — were associated with a host of positive outcomes for the teens, including better measures of self-esteem, a stronger belief in their capacity to control the future, lower levels of anxiety, fewer behavioral problems, more resilience in the event of hardship, better academic performance and better relationships with their parents.
“One of the big tasks of adolescence is [deciding] who you want to be in the world: occupation, religion, values, what kind of person do you want to be,” said psychologist Robyn Fivush, who co-authored the study, which was published in 2009." (Online article in the Washington Post by Michael Alison Chandler)
The 20 questions he discusses in the article was my assignment. I am adding my portion of the kit here as well. I am including zipped files that contain the original jpgs, because I know sometimes those print a little better. I am also including some different configurations and sizes. I wanted to find a way to incorporate this into our family history folders, thus the different sizes and prints.
Download Original rootstech files (zipped jpgs)
Download 2.5 x 3.5 (baseball card size) (zipped jpgs)
(The baseball card size would be fun to print off and make into a pocket type scrapbook (like project life)
These large 8.5 x 11 files I thought might be helpful in a class setting, the grumpy little girl pictured is Loaf's favorite!
Download Akimball 8.5x11 (zipped jpgs)
After creating the family history badges and folders yesterday (see this post) I decided I wanted to add these cards into our family history folders for the children to answer throughout the year. I printed off both the 6 per page and 4 per page, trimmed and used that ultra strong red line tape (I don't actually know what it's called) to create pages that flip.
I couldn't decide what size I wanted the cards so I made a couple of versions.
The children each chose their folder based on color and the size of the cards.
I ran out of manila file folders so I made the babies (Loaf, Dash, and Brick) ones with the colorful folders I had on hand. They loved them. I bet you can't guess which one Loaf chose? Dash wanted the blue because he is suddenly a BYU fan and Dash's favorite color is green. Tank wanted to know if he could add some military drawings on his folder as well. I love their personalities.
Download Akimball 4 to page files (zipped jpg files)
Download Akimball 6 to page (file folder) (zipped jpg files)
The children loved coloring the drawings as we talked about why we were creating our family history folders this year. It will be fun to when we start asking the questions and talking about our stories more.
The main focus of our family home evening was to start filling in our folders. There is one page for each month so we are doing very basic things each month. For January we talked about my favorite part of family history: the photographs. We talked about how fun it has been to see old photos of our grandparents and great grandparents imagining what was happening at the time the photo was taken.
I had just printed our last couple of family photo sessions so the children had a large selection to choose from. It was fun to hear them laughing and talking about the photos they were choosing and which were their favorites. There was some arguing over photos, but for the most part it was a peaceful evening.
Fred even brought out the date stamps and alphabets that everyone enjoyed.
I loved seeing the smiles on their faces as they completed their first pages. For February we are adding some important documents or rather copies of them to our pages, baptismal certificates, etc, but that will take some hunting on my part so we didn't add them last night.
We are creating a little heirloom that the children are excited to work on. Rock was just asked to be a youth family history consultant for our congregation and asked if I would make an additional 50 of the young men in our ward. He was so disappointed that I wouldn't tackle that job. I loved his enthusiasm.