PH10. LET’S WRITE!

Title: My Body grand-father / My Body grandma

OBJECTIVES.

  • To share feelings among children and elderly people.
  • Teaching children values like responsibility through sending letters.
  • Improving writing skills inviting students to send letters to their “grand- mothers/fathers”.
  • Try to create a close relationship between each child with an elderly person.

SESSIONS.

  • Teacher explains the activity to their students: they will form pairs (1 child with 1 elderly person) and will establish a relationship by letters.
  • Second session: after sending letters by mail students visited the residence for the elderly meeting one another and at the same time creating a personal relationship.

GROUP.

In order to improve close relationships amongst young and elderly people we decided to involve young students (about 5–6 years old) with elderly people living in a residence for the elderly.

This way they could experience a double relationship: academic (for the children) and emotional (for both).

RESULTS.

We could consider the results highly satisfactory because of enthusiastic participation of the children and because the grateful attitude of the grand-mothers/fathers.

It has been a great experience approaching two different collectives, childhood and old age.

Finally, this activity would be a great first step to create in a future a new childcare service inside residences for elderly people, a current social service already existing in some countries in the world.

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