So, our Inquiry unit for this term is based upon the title of this post. I am looking forward to getting into it as there are so many different angles, activities and discussion that we can have!
Here’s the song that we took the inquiry title from. The picture will open a link to the whole song and a link to YouTube so you can sing along too! Mums and Dads, this might be an interesting table topic to have with your kids.
In regards to conversation starters, starting to look at the WHO, WHERE FROM, WHEN, HOW and WHY of your family’s immigration history would be extremely helpful.
I asked my mum these exact questions tonight at the dinner table and found out the following information:
My Nanna (mum’s mum) came out from New Zealand in 1951. It took the boat that she came on 3 days to sail here. Mum isn’t entirely sure what made her mum immigrate to Australia but I plan on asking my Nanna when I see her next. My Poppa (mum’s dad) also immigrated to Australia from New Zealand in the early 50’s. He met my Nanna in St Kilda at a dance and they were married within six weeks. My Poppa’s family originally came from England and Scotland.
On my dad’s side my Great Great Grandfather came out to Australia from Germany in 1853. He came out to Australia to try and make his fortune during the Gold Rush. In the late 50’s he met a girl who he later married in 1860. His 1st wife died during child birth as did the baby. Five years later he married his 1st wife’s younger sister and they went on to have 12 children (6 boys and 6 girls). Funnily enough out of the 6 boys only 1 of them had boys of their own to carry on the family name. Now it is up to my brother or my cousin to have boys otherwise the family name of ‘Hunichen’ will die out.
You could also try looking at some of these ‘Hot topic’ words, remembering of course, that where ever the conversation drifts to, we are always very respectful of others, regardless of whether we agree, disagree or are neutral on the topic.
‘Hot Topic’ words to try out
These words are in the news and all around us every day. They will also be frequently used and discussed throughout our unit. These words are often misunderstood and misused, so it would be helpful if you could chat about these words, so that you are at least familiar with them when we come across them in our unit.
What do you think about these words?
What do they mean to you?
Have you heard them before?
Post your responses in the comments section.
A link for Mums and Dads: Talking about Multiculturalism