Based in San Francisco, iteachkids.org is an early childhood education blog by Tiva Lee Samaru & Randa Atkins. Their posts explore; through videos and other resources - original early childhood education curricula and ideas for enrichment classes, as well as, tips and tricks for classroom management and general childcare.

Family Structures

Family Structures

There are so many different types of families.

From the typical nuclear family to extended; many families take different forms and structures. Sometimes it's an active choice, sometimes it's a non-active choice, and other times it's just a matter of being born into that type of family. The world is filled with differences and that is what makes it whole and complete. The same can be said about families. 

Family structures are always interesting.

Finding out about the types of families your peers have or even co-workers is such a fascinating part of getting to know someone, or at least it should be. As an adult, who may be inclined to nurture a family of your own, the prospect of that is exciting and in a way, shapes decisions in terms of the person we may choose to bear children with or the type of career we wish to pursue. It may also encourage more concrete decisions such as buying a house or moving to a certain neighborhood. On the contrary, the thought of having a family of your own may be intimidating and therefore remains unwelcomed, nevertheless, you have a family that helped nurture and educate you, clothe and support you, and that same family dates back to its beginnings decades and decades ago in the past.

Revisiting the beginnings of your family is interesting and even understanding or outlining the relationships and those who make up your family is also equally as interesting. It is important to know these details, as questions about them are constantly asked. When you fill out a form at the doctor's office or apply for a passport, questions about next of kin may present themselves making it necessary information to know. For some, firsthand knowledge about their biological family may be out of reach, but even so, persons who replace the role of a biological family member, such as a foster parent, may still be present and reliable.

On the other hand, knowing your family structure may help identify and reinforce lines of authority, and this is especially important when children are involved. Therefore, an art project to support this idea seemed appropriate.

Using paper, markers and a few other simple tools, we crafted up this effective family tree in under fifteen minutes.


Take a look!

Want to make a simple family tree, one that appeals to preschoolers? Then watch the video!

Get to Craftin',

Tiva & Randa

The Ocean

The Ocean