Family History Research

Motivation Monday – Prepare to Teach Kids About Genealogy

I am pleased to report my Branching Out Kids’ Textbooks are on track and will be released March 28, 2012.  On this day you will be able to purchase the textbook in paperback form, PDF, or PowerPoint. The PowerPoint version has the same content as the book but with a few extras. It was designed for the visual, hands-on learner in mind.

The paperback will be available on CreateSpace. The PowerPoint and PDF versions will be available on my website through my E-Junkie store. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to stay in touch with what’s going on with Generations. This is only the beginning of a major kids’ series. Also sign up for my editor, Stephanie Pitcher Fishman’s newsletter at Corn and Cotton. Together this year we will be collaborating on more educational resources. You will want to know what she is working on as well!

The following will be released March 28 and the links will be live on all my blogs and my Generations website.

1st-3rd Grade Students

Books

  • Branching Out Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 16-30

PowerPoint

  • Branching Out Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 16-30

PDF Version

  • Branching Out Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 16-30

 

4th-8th Grade Students

Books

  • Branching Out Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 16-30

PowerPoint

  • Branching Out Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 16-30

PDF Version

  • Branching Out Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 16-30

 

High School Students

Books

  • Branching Out Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 16-30

PowerPoint

  • Branching Out Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 16-30

PDF Version

  • Branching Out Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 16-30
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Motivation Monday – Going for Certification

Michael Hait wrote some very interesting posts recently called, How Not to Become Certified, part one and part two. Today’s post, So, Are You Ready for Certification? was an interesting read also.

Last summer when I started my genealogy business, Generations, I thought I was ready for certification. I got the application guide and started working through some of the pieces. I quickly realized I needed more client work and education behind me or I would fail miserably.

Here I am one year later with almost two of the NGS Home Study Course CDs finished and the third on its way, I’m over half finished with the ProGen Study Group, and increased my conference and meeting attendance over the last year. I even published a book and have had several articles published in a couple of journals and magazines.

Am I ready for certification today? No but I’m closer than last year. I downloaded the updated BCG guide to review over the coming weeks. I plan to seriously look at the process, what is required and make a plan to start the work. ProGen ends in April and I plan to complete the NGS HSC by then as well. Both plus all my client work will put me in a much stronger position to work on the portfolio starting next summer.

I plan to be one of those names you see on the certification list for Illinois. Right now there are eight listed. Will I succeed the first try? I hope so, but if not, Michael Hait has given me a lot to think about if I am rejected. It isn’t failing, but a major learning experience that will only help me grow as a researcher. I am a lot less afraid to give this a try in the spring than I was. Thanks Michael for being so honest about what you went through to achieve certification!

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