A grandparents-day celebration in the classroom gives the kids a chance to connect with a different generation. The grandparents who visit the classroom get a chance to see how school has changed since they were students. Plan all aspects of the day in advance to keep things running smoothly. Whether the grandparents visit for a few hours or all day, keep them busy with lots of activities.
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Grandparents enjoy watching children perform, which makes this option a fitting activity for grandparents day. A short skit or songs performed by the kids works well. Choose the performance elements at least two weeks in advance to give the kids plenty of practice time. Prepare backgrounds or props to go along with the performance to make it more interesting. If possible, choose at least one song the grandparents will know so they can sing along.
A project for the kids and grandparents to tackle together keeps everyone engaged in an activity. To give the grandparents an idea of what the kids learn in class, base the project on a current classroom topic. For example, if you're studying the solar system, have each student work with his grandparents to create a model of a planet. A more general option is to explore the grandparent and grandchild relationship. Have the pairs create a presentation about their family traditions or create a family tree. You can also have the kids interview their grandparents and share the findings with the class.
Show and Tell
Show and tell is a common activity in the classroom that also works on grandparents day. Let each child "show and tell" about her grandparents or give the grandparents a chance to share something with the class. If you want the grandparents to share, send home a note in advance so they can select something to bring. Encourage the grandparents to bring something from their own childhood if possible to create an informal history lesson.
A series of activity stations around the classroom presents a variety of ways for the grandparents and students to interact. The number of stations depends on the amount of space available and the types of activities you choose. Ideas include a reading centre where the grandparents and students read to one another, an art centre, a cookie decorating area, math game, scavenger hunt or building centre. Explain each activity to the group before they set off to participate.
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