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    By Cathy

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    There are some wonderful Big Books that teach family and the diversity of family. You can have students discuss what family means to them. There are books that deal with one parent families and grandparents raising children, step families and joined families. You should not go by what the webster dictionary says. Family is more of a feeling. I had a a child's mother and step father and dad come to parent teachers conference. I call that a family. YOu dan't have to live with a parent to have them considered family. Students will be abole to give you the most info on what they consider their family. Have students draw a dinner table and who they would like to have be there at the dinner, like thanksgiving. That would be their family. Family is not the same as nuclear family or traditional family.


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