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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Second Grader's Ancestry Project - Part 2

The second grader's ancestry project is complete.  The written report took her about three to four hours to complete.  It involved filling in a few questionnaires and interviewing a family member.  The kicker with the written report was that everything had to be written neat, with proper punctuation, and in complete sentences.  For a second grader, that can be a challenge over the course of eleven pages plus a few other pages that required marking locations on a map and coloring in the family tree.  At least this portion is adequately complete.  Hind sight is that this project is better handled by maybe a fourth or fifth grader.

As for the presentation poster, that turned out very nice.........

My second grader drew and colored the tree, cut everything out, colored the flags, and wrote all of the labels and names on this board.  It is a big help to have so many photos on hand.

The next step of this project is to continue practicing the presentation that she must complete in front of her class.  I must admit that I probably did not have to present in front of a group until I was in sixth grade.  Now, they start them in Kindergarten.  This will be my daughter's 8th presentation in elementary school.  I do think it is a good thing but it is hard for a shy kid.

In mid-March, the class with get together for an ancestry dinner with each student's parent in attendance and some food to share from their country of origin.  It should be a fun evening.


  1. First of all - good for them, getting kids involved in their family history at such an early age! (And just think ... by the time she's a Junior in high school, speaking in front of a crowd will be second nature). I agree that such a lengthy report is a bit much for 2nd grade, but at least we can't accuse them of going easy on the students, right?

    Second, I thought you ought to know - and it may be just me - but I follow your blog in Google Reader, and every time I want to leave a comment on one of your posts, I click on the title, your blog flashes on the screen for a nanosecond, and then I get swept up in some confusing whirlwind calling itself the Discover Ireland Genealogy Webring ( I don't know if it's intentional or if you've been hacked or what, but it makes it virtually impossible to leave comments on your blog. The only way I was able to get here today was to manually type in the URL for your blog. I've never had this happen on anyone else's blog - and I subscribed by clicking the 'join this site' button at the top of the page.

  2. Thanks Jenny! Also, I've removed the Discover Ireland Webring from my site. You'll have to let me know if that fixed things. on The Second Grader's Ancestry Project - Part 2