Genealogy is a great way to pique a student’s interest in Social Studies and History.

Genealogy is a great way to pique a student’s interest in Social Studies and History.

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In the past, I wrote a post about the effect my interest in Genealogy has had on my children’s interest in Social Studies and History throughout school. It has instilled such a personal connection for my children they were actually excited about studies and projects that had anything to do with their Acadian, French Canadian, Quaker and Swedish ancestries.

I’m sure most people remember their schooling the same as I do – an exercise in memorization for periodic tests and exams, the information learned being quickly forgotten soon after.

The only things that had a lasting impression on me were the things we learned that had a personal connection to us, our families, and our history.

It’s nice to see the newest crop of teachers’ abilities to see the value of incorporating genealogy into their curriculum to reinforce their teachings. Such is the case of a student teacher in Greene County, Pennsylvania who gave the students an assignment to create a presentation of their genealogy to be presented to the local Genealogical Society during a tour of the old county courthouse. The projects will remain on display for others to see until January 31, 2014.

More teachers in the United States and Canada should be doing this. It had a positive effect on my kids, and I’m sure it would on other students as well.

photo credit: Valerie Reneé via photopin cc


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