Sunday, 25 December 2016

Week 2 Day 9 Activities by Ashleigh

Day 9 – Meet my Family
Today you are going to visit a local family. The size and the composition of families vary a great deal from country to country. In places like Japan, Canada, Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Germany, families are typically quite small. Most parents have 1 to 2 children and once children grow up and get married they usually live separately from their parents. This is not the case in the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Malaysia or in Chile. In these countries, the families are often larger and members of the extended family live together for most of their lives. Scroll down to ‘meet’ a typical family from Canada.
Canadian Family

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This is my family - the Williamsons. We’re a pretty typical Canadian family. When I was younger we lived in a small town (Almonte) in the province of Ontario, Canada. Approximately 5000 people live in Almonte. It is located 30 kilometres from Ottawa, the capital city of Canada.
My family is currently made up of five people. My dad, Ron, is on the left-hand side of the picture. He is married to my mom, Leslie (she’s the one in the blue dress). My parents have been married for 35 years! Together they had two children, Leigh (the one in the wedding dress) and me, Rachel. I’m the one in the black dress. In this picture my sister, Leigh, has just gotten married to her fiancée, Andrew (he’s the one in the grey suit!). This picture was taken in July 2012.

Activity 1
Now that you have met my family it is time to think about your own family. On your blog tell us about your family. How many people are in your family? Do you have any brothers or sisters? What are their names?
There are 3 people in my family, me my mom and my dad, and I don't have any brother and sister. Name of my mom is Sophia, Name of my dad is Albert.
Activity 2
Some families are very large and some are very small. Some of the smallest families are found in China where parents are allowed, by law, to have only one child. This is quite different from countries like America (U.S.A.) where some families have as many as 19 or 20 children. It is rare but it does happen!
In America, there is actually a family with 19 children who have their own television show called ’19 Kids and Counting.’ All 19 children have the same two parents (Jim Bob and Michelle) and every single one of the children has a name starting with the letter ‘J.’ The oldest children is a boy named Josh and the youngest is a girl named Josie. Amazing!
If you’d like to see a small clip from the show, follow this link: 19 Kids and Counting
Imagine that you were one of the Duggar children and you had 18 brothers and sisters. What do you think it would be like to have so many sisters and brothers living with you in one house? On your blog please tell us what you would like and what you wouldn’t like about living in such a large family.

I like to live in the large family because they will go to the same school as you so that you will have friends and they can look after you.
I don't like to live in the large family because every time you need you parent's help and you brother or sister need the help at the same time you mom or dad might not help you first the might help you last .
Bonus Activity
Choose a family member and conduct a short interview. In the interview ask them five questions about themselves:
  1. What is your name? Sophia
  2. Where were you born? Taiwan
  3. How many siblings do you have? 2
  4. What is your favourite thing about living in New Zealand? Clean Air
  5. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why? Egypt because it is very mysterious.
Post the answers on your blog.    

Bonus blog = 10 points


  1. Wow Ashleigh,

    You have put a great statement about why or why not we should live in a large family and I would like to visit egypt but I mostly would stay in a hotel.

    From, Shanya

    1. Hi Shanya!

      It will be boring if you always stay in a hotel, because if you just want to stay in the hotel you can just stay in NZ's hotel, so I think you should really go visit other place!

  2. Hello Ashleigh!

    Ah! I knew I recognised your accent! I have been to Taiwan before! I traveled in Taipei and all the way down to Kenting! It is one of my favourite places to visit because I met one of my best friends there! There are some beautiful beaches down there and nice surf! I hope you and your family enjoy living in New Zealand. It is very different here, but can still be fun!

    I think you're right about having a huge family, especially one with 18 kids in it! It would be impossible for mum and dad to help all the time, but luckily there would always be an older sibling to help you!

    I am from a family of 6, and even though it is quite large, I am the oldest. I cannot remember my brothers or sister being my friends at school.

    I hope you're having a wonderful holiday! I look forward to reading more of your blogs soon!


  3. Hi Shanya,

    I can really relate to your post because I come from a small family as well. I only have one sister and it can be pretty quiet sometimes when you don't have a big group of people to hang out with. Having said that, I think that the Duggar family would be far too big for me! I can't imagine living with 20 other people and having to share everything with dozens of siblings! I do wonder how Mr and Mrs Duggar have enough time to see each of their children and spend quality time with them. It would be pretty tough, I reckon!

    I hope that you and your family are having a quiet, restful and relaxing holiday break. I loved reading the interview that you conducted with your mom, Shanya. I had the chance to visit Egypt a few years ago and it was very special!

    Keep up the great work ;)