Our eldest daughter is in second grade. This seems to be the school year where the curriculum moves to tracking/tracing/sharing your Family Tree and/or Family Ancestry.
As a family built through adoption this could go one of two ways, we either dread it or look at it as a learning lesson. You may recall our family is living in very open adoptions so our family is looking at this project as a learning lesson one where we don’t hide who we are and use my husband and my ancestry but reach out and have our daughter learn more about herself by seeking this information on who she is.
How you ask will we approach this school project then? Good question. Our daughter (and her sister) obviously know that they were adopted, know who their family members are and how they are related to who and how so digging deeper into her family roots through her birth family is the best way to approach this project in our opinion!
We have reached out to our daughter’s birth mom and told her about the project and who else we would like A to interview which would include her Aunts and Grandparents through C. We are setting up a Skype call for all of them to interact and assist A with this project!
We believe this will further connect A to her birth family by learning her ancestry giving her a deeper understanding of where she came from. Our intent is to reach out to her birth father as well and have him contribute since she is part of both of them and their families are part of A.
It will be interesting for all of us to learn the ancestry of where A’s families come from!
8 thoughts on “The dreaded school Family project, or is it?”
It does sound like a positive experience in your case.
Wow, sounds really positive. Harder here in the UK when the majority (if not all) of adoptions are closed.
Would you be interested in linking up to The Weekly Adoption Shout Out at http://www.theadoptionsocial.com…I think our readers would find your post really interesting.
I’ve seen your tweets on the WASO and thought about it, yes I will, is there directions at the site?
There are directions but I see you found it all OK – thanks for linking, hope to see you again? x
Yes thank you 🙂
Found your blog through WASO. It’s amazing how open your family is and it sounds like it is working so beautifully. Looking forward to reading more of your blog.
What a great way to approach the inevitable family history project, which can be such a difficult one to tackle for a lot of adoptive families.
This is awesome! We have a ways to go before we cross this bridge, but it’s inspiring to see you approach this with such openness!