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Gail Skroback Hennessey taught for over 33 years, teaching sixth grade in all but two years. She earned a BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies and an MST in social...
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The Wooden Cookie Box.(Start learning about your family's history)

Once the people in your family are gone~ it is very hard to retrieve the stories about your family past. Make it a point to sit and chat with your aunts~ uncles~ grandparents~mom and dad. Ask them things about their childhood. Did they play sports? In which city did they grow up. Do they have any interesting memories about their childhood? Ask them the names of their parents and siblings and where they came from. All these stories are what make you who your are today. I remember my dad telling me how during World War 2~ as a pilot~ he escorted bomber planes on missions from Great Britain to Germany. He told me that he was so excited when the war was declared to be over~ that he landed his plane at the base in Great Britain without the wheels~ wrecking his plane. Fortunately~ he got out of the plane unhurt but was in trouble with his superior officer. Realizing my dad was just excited about the victory over the Axis countries~ the officer didn't call for any disciplinary actions against my dad's actions. My mom told me how as a girl she didnt like to invite her friends back to her home. Her parents didnt speak very much English and she was embarrassed that they spoke French in the home. Such stories would have been lost had I not taken the time to talk with my family members! Gather this information so you can continue passing the information along to the next generation of family members. Basically~ all you need is a pen~ paper~ perhaps a tape player and the interest to sit and talk with your family. I hope my story~The Wooden Cookie Box~ may help sparked an interest in children to start learning about their family heritage.Read it here: