This blog is mostly about trying to help kids learn about the lives of their ancestors, but before they can really understand and appreciate the importance of certain events in an ancestor's life, they need to be able to view their own lives as a continuum of similar events and accomplishments. Once they reflect upon their own lives, they will have a better understanding of WHY preserving our ancestors' lives and stories is so important.
Kids live their lives 'in the now.' They don't spend much time looking back at their past accomplishments. But I'm here to tell you know that they SHOULD look back every now and then. Adults are always trying to get children to learn something new or improve upon their skills - always moving forward - but there is value in showing a child how far they have already come. So, today I'm going show you how I created a representative 'roadtrip' of personal historical markers for my 7-year-old son.
Pen or Pencil
White electrical tape
White paper with which to make the road markers
Computer with printer and internet access (optional)
First, measure out and cut a black posterboard into three equal-width strips. (With my posterboard, I ended up with three 7" wide strips.) When you tape these together, they will be your road. Next, simply find the middle of the strips and cut short pieces of white electric tap to make the road lines.