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Family story: questions and activities

28 August 2019

Read Three generations. One family story in the spring edition of Australian Catholics and take part in the following questions and activities.


  • Why were Faye’s aunts important to her?
    Why did Faye want to go to work?
    What does family mean to her?
  • What does Donyaele have to say about differences between now and the 1970s?
  • How does Donyaele describe family?
  • How did Donyaele get on with her grandparents?


Programs such as Who do you think you are? and easy access to DNA testing and genealogical records are promoting a boom in genealogical studies.

  1. Do your own family tree – siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents. See if you can access various records to add authenticity to the tree.
  2. Interview your parents and grandparents about their lives as children. Report on some aspect of their childhood, or see if there are trends or activities that you still carry on today.
  3. The Bible has stories about numerous families. Pick one of those and do up a family tree for them. Report to the class about why you chose that family and why they’re so interesting.

For younger students

Read or discuss Three generations. One family story in the spring edition of Australian Catholics with the students. Talk with them about their families and how all have stories. Then take part in the following activity.

Story-telling time

The idea is to have students tell stories about their families to show that we are all different.

  • Ask the children to think about some of their favourite memories of others caring for them. Encourage them to think about holidays. Prompt them by asking such questions as, Do you like to dye Easter eggs on Easter? Do you bake Christmas goodies with anyone special? Do you have a special meal with all the family once a week/month?
  • Ask the children to reflect on some memories for two or three minutes.
  • Ask them to sit in a circle on the floor.
  • Encourage them to share their memories with the group.
  • Conclude by reminding the children that the love and care of their families reminds them of God's love and care for them.

Image: A Bible family that wasn't so loving was Joseph and his brothers.


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