Teach Preschoolers about Family
My Family Unit
This unit focuses on the many different configurations of families and that families do many different things for each other. Also, children will be asked to identify adults both in and out of their families that do some of those things.
The activities in this unit are designed to develop the sense that family relationships are an important part of children's lives and that every family is different. Children, particularly those who do not live in a two parent family situation, should feel that they are part of a family unit that provides love, shelter, care, and companionship for each other. Children who have family members who do not live with them need to recognize that these, too, are important members of their family unit. In addition, they can identify adults outside of their families who may not live with them who provide these same feelings and security. Children who have strong relationships with caring adults both in and outside of the family have been shown to be more resilient than those who do not have these kinds of relationships.
If you know about the family configurations of the children in your class, be sure to encourage those who have nontraditional families to particupate and talk about their family members. You may need to point out that "Frankie has an uncle who he does not live with, but who takes care of him after school," etc...
Goals and Objectives:
Children will recognize that they play an important role in the family.
Children will recognize that there are many different kinds of family structures and the many roles that family members play.
Children will be able to identify that families come in any size or form.
Children will be able to identify the various things that family members do for each other including care, helping, love, playing, etc...
Children will be able to identify adults around them who they trust and who play some of the roles of family.
Points to emphasize:
A family can be made up of different people.
Family members do not always live together.
There are lots of different things that family members do for each other, including love, play, providing care, food, shelter, and help.
Most children have adults in their family who they can feel safe and secure with and who are always there to help them.
Most children also have adults outside of their families that make them feel safe and secure, and who are there to help them.
Nutrition bonus lesson:
Sometimes family members use food to show their love and care for other people in the family.
Families often have special foods that they like or special ways they like to cook food, that may be different from other families.This is a chapter in the Healthy Start, Health Education Program for Preschoolers Sample Activities From the Chapter: