The Grands: Our Intergenerational Existence
Our preschool is located within a senior residence community. The grands who live at Andrus-on-Hudson are a special part of our school experience. We visit with them, deliver them gifts of artwork and song, and are always thinking of ways to bring nature to them (like the day we brought up buckets of snow!) our interaction can be informal and casual as the children walk with their baby strollers through the building. Other experiences are more structured with our intergenerational teacher, Joanne Corrigan, who created Roots and Sprouts. Each day Joanne brings several children upstairs to eat lunch with their grand friends, and then to participate in a planned program of arts and crafts. The children love leading sing-a-longs in the lobby.
"Children at the center have to the opportunity to learn from their elders, to accept people with disabilities, and to receive and give unconditional love and attention. And of course, seniors benefit too. Frequent interaction with children throughout their day helps alleviate symptoms of loneliness and isolation. It also encourages them to engage in physical activity by playing with the children, enjoying the spirit and joy that children bring to their home environment. Participants gain a renewed sense of self-worth, an opportunity to transfer knowledge, and the ability to serve as role models."
-Freedom Home Care and medical Staffing