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Ancestry Family Tree {Crafts & Family Interviews}

Ancestry Family Tree {Crafts & Family Interviews}

We started a new year of History studies. This is our fourth year to be formally learning this beautiful subject. Since we subscribe to the wonderful Classical Education method, we like to study the history of man in cycles: Ancient, Medieval, Modern. We focus on one cycle per year. Since this is the 4th year of History, we started with Ancient History again.

In this cycle, we started with learning what History and Anthropology are. After we learned that, we were ready to go into our Ancestry Family Tree. In this post, you will see how we studied about genealogy, family trees and how we can find information about our ancestors by researching and asking questions (interviewing).

Ancestry Family Tree {Crafts & Family Interviews}

We LOVE our History curriculum! It is called Story of the World. In it, we learned about families and how we are all connected to each other, somehow. We all have a mother and a father, we all have grandparents and ancestors from the beginning of humanity.

When it was time to make our immediate family tree, I came up with the idea to make it more than a paper-and-pencil activity. I took advantage of this to take out paints and sponges! For this craft, you will need: a pencil, a giant post-it notes, tacky gluewashable paints (several shades of green, blues, white and brown) and sponges.

Ancestry Family Tree {Crafts & Family Interviews}

To begin with these Ancestry Family Tree crafts, we hung up the post it sheets on the wall and used a pencil to lightly trace as big a tree as we can. Then we mixed 4 shades of green in a bowl and handed my children sponges. While they focused on their greens, I was mixing the blues and white for the sky. The brown went on its own for the trunk.

Sister liked the “splat” technique for her tree. She would go “splat, splat, splat” on the paper with the sponge until she covered the entire tree area. Brother, on the other hand, he preferred the “swipe” technique with his sponge. You can see the difference in textures in the pictures above.

Ancestry Family Tree {Crafts & Family Interviews}

While our trees dried, we read a few books about family trees, including there 3 volumes that my dad put together of his side of the family tree. Our favorite family tree book helped us see how the family tree is drawn. We talked about immediate family and made our tree simple.

We went with both sides of grandparents, parents and children. We simply got one sheet of paper and cut it into 8 squares: paternal grandfather, paternal grandmother, maternal father, maternal grandmother, father, mother, son and daughter.

Ancestry Family Tree {Crafts & Family Interviews}

Once the Ancestry Family Tree was dry, we used tacky glue to paste the family members onto the tree. You can also use thin double-sided tape. Then with a permanent marker, we connected the family members to create the family tree. Done! It looks awesome! The family members that my children drew were made with pencil, so they are hard to see. Next time, we will make them bigger and color them.

Ancestry Family Tree {Crafts & Family Interviews}

And now, to find out more about our family! Story of the World has a couple of copies about our family history. It was adorable watching my 6-year old interview my dad, asking him about when and where he was born, what his favorite childhood memories were, how he grew up, etc.

For this lesson, I copied the sheets twice, but we can obviously interview more family members overtime. As of now, he decided to interview my dad and my husband’s dad. His paternal grandfather wasn’t available, so he interviewed my husband. It was so much fun! He discovered that my husband has 2 middle names. 😀

Ancestry Family Tree

Ancestry Family Tree {Crafts & Family Interviews}

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