You want so much to put your family's
memories.....stories....the essence of who you are and where you came from all
together in one place for your children to see....to share.... and to learn from.
Perhaps you've already thought about doing
this...about maybe organizing everything while your children are at soccer
practice or ballet lessons, or even late in the evening after the kids have gone
to sleep. If you've already thought about it, did the project seem a bit
many decisions to make! Scrapbooking sites, picture sharing sites, scanners,
computer programs.....option after option....and of course.....those overflowing boxes
of pictures and mementos. Before you get started.....before you make any
decisions, investigate the family sharing opportunities at
PhamCentral? Well, this unique name is
actually derived from two words: 1) photo- which is an important medium for
preserving memories, sharing and bonding; and 2) family - which represents
relationships at their best. In the context of this web site, Pham may be your
parents, siblings, aunts, cousins, and grandparents. Or it may also be another
close knit group that you belong to, like girl/boy scouts, a sports team, church
group, civic group or social group. Ultimately, your "Pham" are the people and
relationships you value the most.
After looking at this site, perhaps you'll think
of a project like this in a whole new exciting light. After all, you don't have
to do it alone! You shouldn't do it alone! Just think, if you could get your
children involved in this project, it would be such a meaningful learning
experience for them. Of course, you probably can't approach your kids with
something like, "Hey, Mommy wants you to help her go through old photos and
learn about your family history." You're going to have to come up with something
a little more clever.
How about making it a part of your homeschooling?
Start with a unit study on family history, and then progress to one on
photography, writing, storytelling, etc. It will be an opportunity for your
children to work on the computer, upload images, and be creative with graphics.
They'll have an opportunity to:
Organize photos by date. When did that
Create a multi-media, multi-generational
timeline of their family history. What was Grandma's maiden name again?
Maybe print and create photo gifts for their
family. How meaningful!
Journal details of events taking place in
photos so as to remember details with accuracy. Accuracy is good!
Preserve recorded audio messages of loved
ones. How cool!
Set reminders for important upcoming family
events. Maybe your kids will actually learn your birthday!
Maintain documents like report cards,
certificates of achievement, artwork and drawings. The kids will love seeing
their artwork online!
Help to keep extended family and friends up
to date on your family's activities.
And much much more.
you'll realize during a project like this, is that when parents take the time to
preserve the details of their children's life experiences with photos,
scrapbooks, videos etc.., it is a powerful way of communicating the significance
of their children's lives. It tells the children that they are valued and
instills in them a strong sense of security and belonging. This is the heart and
soul of what
PhamCentral is all about. Celebrate both the big achievements and
the little ones and share them over a secure private platform with people who
are most important to you, in your house and around the world.
Help your kids remember those stories from their
grandparents, and tell them about stories you remember as a child. When memories
are shared, we laugh, we cry and we gain new perspectives over time about how
our life experiences and decisions have influenced and shaped who we are. This
is particularly true in a family when stories and history are shared between
PhamCentral is a bridge between
generations and a tool to facilitate a wonderful sense of belonging and family
After all of your unit studies are done, and our
family website is complete, you will share it with all of our closest family and
friends. Your children will be so proud of all they've learned and you will be
so glad that you were able to share both a bonding and educational experience
with them. After all, isn't that what homeschooling is all about?
If you are interested in learning more about
or trying it for yourself, you can sign up on their website. It's free. Here's
how to get started.
SIGN UP NOW
to create your username and password
Log into your personal website to add photos
Invite family and friends to visit your site
Start making memories that will live a
Sharing memories from generation to generation