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That's a Family

Our 4th grade students will have the opportunity to participate in a two-part guidance classroom lesson pertaining to families. We will show the DVD, "That's a Family!" to introduce the idea that there are many different types of families. In the video, children talk about their families and the kinds of things they do together (cooking, bowling, gardening, etc.). There are sections on mixed families (in terms of ethnicity, religion, language, and race), adoption, divorce, lesbian and gay parents, single parents, grandparents and guardians.

Purpose

These lessons address the stated goals of the Lower Merion School District's strategic plan to strive to meet the holistic needs of students. The lessons were developed by the District's Elementary School Counselors and are in accordance with the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) model.

Following the lesson:

  • Children will be able to identify different types of families.
  • Children will learn that all families are welcomed at Lower Merion and that there is no "normal" family.
  • Children will gain an awareness of the importance of everyone feeling safe and happy at school and to show empathy for each other

That's A Family Lesson Outline

Part 1:
Children will write on an index card their definition of a family. Children will watch the "That's A Family" video.

Students watch the DVD, "That's A Family!," to introduce the idea that there are many different types of families. In the video, children talk about their families and the kinds of things they do together (cooking, bowling, gardening, etc.). There are sections on mixed families (in terms of ethnicity, religion, language, and race), adoption, divorce, lesbian and gay parents, single parents, as well as grandparents and guardians.

Part 2:
Children will participate in structured discussions about the video and about what they have learned about families.
Then children will participate in a classroom activity and think of 1 word they would like to share about "family".

You can help by: We encourage families to continue the conversation on family diversity at home to increase your child(ren)'s understanding and appreciation of others and to reduce teasing and bullying behaviors.

If you have questions: Please feel free to contact your school counselor.