Yesterday was my first class of the Family History Detectives Club. I don’t know who had more fun, the kids or me! It was fantastic. The student’s excitement was very refreshing. What I hadn’t anticipated was all the questions being thrown at me. What if… What if… What if…
I told them we had to get the boring stuff out of the way first…. vocabulary words. However, I was surprised at how many they already knew and was pleased they were learning these in Social Studies and Spelling.
The best part was their Mom and Dad worksheets. They had to enter their parent’s full names, siblings, their parents, etc. “Wait, I have to enter their middle names too?” “What do you mean that’s not their middle name?” “Oh, that’s their maiden name?” “I’m confused. ” And, so it went.
Then they had to enter their parent’s sibling’s names and their spouses. “What if my uncle isn’t married?” “What if they are divorced?” “What if he is not married yet?” And, so they kept firing. Needless to say, they had a lot of blank spaces in their papers. I kept telling them they had a lot of investigating to do.
The next subject was about traits and where they got them from. One girl said, “Well, how am I know to know which parent, they both have brown eyes?” “One said, no one in my family has red hair except me and my sister.” Investigate.
They each received their own Sherlock Holmes hats, detective badges with lanyards, and a detective kit to keep their goodies in. I just purchased some clear colored plastic snap folders and printed pages with Top Secret that they slid in. They were very excited. Next week they will receive their classified pencils and notepads.
I received great feedback from the children and their parents and was very pleased with their reactions. I am already looking forward to next Tuesday! The teachers at my school were so very supportive and I am blessed to know them.
I followed the same pattern that is in my online class for children (Genealogy Classes). Of course, I understand it is not the same as a face to face club, but if children want to learn at their own pace, the online class is available in a step-by-step guide with printables and instructions. I am available online through the class for instruction as well.
This weekend is my appointment with the local library to discuss giving this same class, and possibly more, through them.
In the meantime, I am still working with a client and her family history and am enjoying the hunt. I have also written a certain article for a certain magazine that I am very excited about. It will be published soon and I will certainly share it with you all.
I do appreciate all the support and all you who have found my blog and are being able to fill in your family trees because of it. I have enjoyed meeting cousins from all over the country and it warms my heart when someone breaks a brick wall because of my blog.
Keep searching, keep digging, and keep climbing that tree! The rewards are unexplainable.
As always, email me with any questions or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.