On the first day we talked about ways we could help our families, and made these Helping Hands Books from the letter people curriculum. To do this, I perforated some pieces of paper to make them easy to rip out, then we dipped the kids' hands in an ink pad and put two prints on each page. On the front was an explanation that any time the parents needed help, they rip off a hand and hand it to the child to ask for help.
We also did an activity that week where we drew a Family Portrait. This was a great lesson for the kids because not only did the practice naming the members of their families, but it was also a great wy to practice using basic shapes to draw people. After they drew their picture on white paper, I glued brown construction paper frames over them.
My favorite project of the week was the Toilet Paper Roll Family Trees they made. For these, I just cut out tree top shapes from cardboard and the kids painted them green. I asked parents to send in pictures of their families that could be cut up, and I cut out all the faces and had the kids glue them on the tree. For those families that I just couldn't get to send in pictures, I just had the student color clip art for each member of the family and glue it down. For the trunk, we just used toilet paper tubes with a little slit in each side to put the tree top.
This was a cool project because some families sent in pictures of just immediate family, and some sent in aunts and uncles and great-grandparents and cousins, so we were able to compare all the families and learn that each family is different.
On the last day of the week, we talked about brothers and sisters, and how sometimes there is a baby brother or sister in the house that you can help take care of.
On this day, we made our own Rice babies from http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/sockcraftsforkids.html. This project was once again a lot of work, and the kids weren't really old enough to handle the doll carefully, so within a few minutes the doll shape had morphed into a headless doll on most of the babies.
Some of the books we read this week included: Love You Forever, The Kissing hand, Helping Mom, Watch Out! Big Bro's Coming! (My favorite), The New Baby, My Grandma and Grandpa, and Are You My Mother?