When I was in the sixth grade, I moved from Michigan to Tennessee. My dad had been transferred to an area just south of Nashville. I knew it was going to be a change, moving from the north to the south, but I wasn’t too worried about it. After all, most of my extended family lived in Kentucky and Tennessee.
I remember being thrown into Tennessee history as soon as I started school. I liked history, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn all about my new home. I was now living in small town where most of my classmates had lived all their life. I was the outsider, so I was eager to use this class to somehow make a connection. Instead, I found myself defending where I was born and why I was now living in Tennessee. It was not a good feeling. I felt like I didn’t belong because I wasn’t a native.
Fast forward about 10 years, add in my new post-high school appreciation for family history and you’ll find a girl who realized that she was as native of a Tennessean as the rest of them. Come to find out, my ancestors were one of the first families to settle the state of Tennessee. If only I had that information back in junior high!
As I went through the Turning Little Hearts book, I found how much my younger self would have benefited from a book like this. In the introduction of the book, it talks about how children who know where they come from, and have a sense of ownership of their ancestors’ stories, are better equipped for school and the world around them. Now, I’m not saying that because I didn’t know the detailed account of my family’s history that I was a bad kid, but that information would have come in handy when I was trying to make friends at a new school.
The book does an excellent job of highlighting a variety of ways to make family history relevant to children. It is broken into four sections; do an activity, discover your ancestors, play a game, and make a craft. The activities also vary by who can participate. Some are designed as a solo project while others can be done with their friends. All the activities can be done as a family since most of the information is going to have to come from the parents.
A surprising thing that I found, was what a great asset this book could be for home school families. How much more of an impact would a history lesson have if you could incorporate family history? I know from my own personal perspective that I really became interested in my own family’s history when I could emotionally connect to the stories!
Below are some examples of the activities that you will find in the book!
To order a copy of the book, head over to Cedar Fort Publishing
Right now, the paperback copy of the book is $12.99, while the digital version is $8.99.
Want to know how you can win a copy of the book? Head over to my Instagram page Cool Girl Genealogy and check out my latest post! Contest will be open to US residents only until January 31, 2020 at midnight.