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Vocabulary Nuclear Family Single-parent Family Blended Family
Nuclear Family: A mother, a father, and their children
Single-parent family: One parent raises the children Blended Family: A husband and a wife, at least one of whom has children from a former relationship Extended Family: A family that includes relatives other than parents and their children.
8th Grade Standard MSFCS8–ECE1: Students will analyze human growth and development and demonstrate the integration of knowledge, skills and practices of the caregiver-educator roles. a) Discuss principles of human growth and development. d) Investigate the roles and responsibilities of parents and caregivers.
Essential Question: What are the different family structures and what is the family life cycle?
7th Grade Standard MSFCS7–ECE1: Students will analyze human growth and development and demonstrate the integration of knowledge, skills and practices of the caregiver-educator roles. a) Identify stages of human development
Family Structures Couples: When two people get married they form a couple. There are no children involved.
Nuclear Family A nuclear family consists of a mother, a father, and their children. Parents share household and child-raising responsibilities. Children benefit from the attention and support of both parents. Give an example of a popular Nuclear Family
One parent raises the children. The parent maybe divorced, widowed, or never married. Most single parents treasure the one-on-one relationship they have with their children. Give an example of a popular single-parent family.
Blended Families A husband and wife, at least one of whom has children from a former relationship. Can include the children of both spouses or children the couple has together. Both adults and children in a blended family have to adjust to new routines and relationships. This takes time and understanding.
Extended Families A family that includes relatives other than parents and their children. Ex: Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins Some extended families live in the same household but most live in a different house.
Adoptive Families A family with a child who was made part of the family through legal action, which makes the child a permanent part of the family. The child is not born to the parents, but has the same rights that a child born into the family has.
Foster Families A family that takes care of children on a short-term basis. The children are not related to the foster parents. Some foster children are waiting to be adopted. Other foster children need a place to live until the problems of their birth parents are resolved.
Get out a sheet of paper Number to 10
1. What is the difference between adoptive families and foster families?
2. Give two examples of extended family members. 3. Who makes up the nuclear family? 4. What is a couple? 5. What family structure is it when one parent raises the children. 6. For the family structure in number 5 give an example of why there is only one parent.
7. Describe a blended family.
8. True or False: Once adopted a child is a permanent part of the family. 9. True or False: Just children in a blended family have to adjust to new routines and relationships. 10. Describe your family structure and tell why it is that particular structure.
The Family Life Cycle Take out one sheet of paper. Wait for instructions on how to set your paper up for your comic strip.
1. Beginning Stage Begins with a couple. The couple’s major tasks include: setting up a home, setting goals for the future, and learning to act as a team.
2. Parenting Stage New members (children) are added to the family. Parents spend most of their time caring for the needs of their children leaving little time for themselves as a couple.
3. Launching Stage Teens and young adults begin to leave the family. They assume their own work and household responsibilities.
4. Middle Years Stage Allows parents to focus on being a couple once more. Couples have more time on their own to enjoy hobbies, community activities, and volunteer work.
5. Retirement Stage At this stage most people retire from a job. This stage is when people have time to reflect on the past and share with others what they have learned over their lifetime. Most older people stay active with children and grandchildren during this stage.
Journal Entry: You are to work quietly on your journal entry. Ms. Price will give you a writing assignment (55) if you aren’t working. Journal Topic: Write at least a one page letter. You are a parent and you are writing to your teenage son or daughter about an issue they may be having. Let them know how much you care about them and they can talk to you. If time allows you may share your letters.
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