How Does It Work?
Teachers can contact our office to learn more about this program and to find out which local retirement homes are participating.
What Skills Can Students Learn & Develop?
- Confronting stereotypes toward aging & seniors
- Create a positive memory
"Our kindergarten students thoroughly enjoyed spending their morning with the seniors at the Elliott Community. Children 5 and under ride for free on the city bus, so travelling to the retirement home was an adventure in itself. The kids were able to see out the large windows of the bus and the seniors already on the bus enjoyed the squeals of the children as the bus sped up and turned corners.
"At the Elliott, the children were brought on the stage and sang songs, including "I am a Pizza" much to the amusement of the seniors. They were then divided into smaller groups, some making crafts, some having a snack and others in a reading corner. The children love being read to and some of the seniors recalled their earlier days when they used to teach school or read to their own children. It was the least expensive field trip of the year and it brought immeasurable joy to the children and seniors."
- G. Willemsma and G. Zardo, St. John School
- Choose the date for your event
- Teachers prepare students in advance of the visit to a local retirement home (short play, series of songs, or craft)
- Before visiting the retirement home, read and talk about the book 'Something to Remember Me By' by Susan V Bosak (provided by Guelph & Area Right to Life)
- School arranges for students to be bused or walk to the retirement home (depending on the location)
- On day of visit, students gather with the residents and perform their activity
- Students are encouraged to visit with the seniors and have conversations (with conversation tips provided)