In response to the Archbishop’s message for 2018, many teachers are considering effective ways to foster relationships across the generations in their classrooms.
Many schools have already implemented programmes such as Grandparents’ Day and Reading Buddies. However, the list of ways to enhance intergenerational connections is probably endless. Think of ways that will suit you and your class.
Some intergenerational activities to try might include:-
- A gardening or environmental club
- Reading buddies
- Choir or community singing
- Cooking club
- Art lessons
- History interviews
- Drama club
- Learning a Language
- Technology – and not just computers! It might be woodwork!
There are several studies which indicate intergenerational programmes lead to academic improvement for students, but it is probably the social/emotional and spiritual gains that are the true benefit from these activities. The sense of belonging, being valued and having meaning and purpose for all involved is powerful. What are your experiences?