Thursday, February 16, 2006

Teeny-Weeny Genealogy

A Genealogue Exclusive [What's That?]
A new program at Los Bandoleros Elementary School in Santa Clara, California, is giving kids a taste of genealogy, many of whom don't even know how to spell "genealogy" yet.

The brainchild of teacher Dolores Duncan, Teeny-Weeny Genealogy aims to introduce the concept of family heritage to kids as young as five. She starts by asking them questions about their family history, and sending them home to find the answers.

"The kids learn so much from hearing the answers to these questions," says Duncan. "Questions like, 'What's Grandma's maiden name?' and 'What numbers are on Daddy's credit card?'"

All the information gathered is fed into a computer in Duncan's classroom for later use. The kids have asked to make family scrapbooks, but their teacher says it's the process that matters, and not the results.

"What I really want to teach these kids is that they can profit from knowing more about their families. All of us can profit."

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