You’re never too old to play! In this book, experienced practitioner Lorraine George provides a supportive guide for early years settings on how to develop effective community engagement through intergenerational practice. Old and young may experience many benefits from learning new skills together, feeling an increased sense of purpose and positive attitude towards the other, while developing tolerance, emotional intelligence and social skills.
Alongside 50 creative activities, you will find practical support for the initial planning stage, ideas on how to structure sessions, guidance on your role, as well as the expected learning outcomes for children and older adults, extension ideas, and advice on monitoring and evaluation. Contains 69, A4 pages.
Dr. Mariano Sánchez, Head of the Macrosad Chair in Intergenerational Studies, University of Granada –
“Lorraine George takes us by the hand on a journey that starts where it should, explaining what intergenerational learning is and why it is worthwhile for early year practitioners to take a chance on it. And then she shares with us, in an orderly way and ready to use, her solid expertise about how to organize a good intergenerational activity. With this book available, I don’t think any early year practitioner can really say ‘I don’t know why and how to organise a quality intergenerational activity’.”
Sherri Chittum, Age-to-Age Kindergarten Teacher, Windsor Place –
“When starting an intergenerational kindergarten classroom twelve years ago, it was difficult to find outside resources to integrate the days of young learners and the elderly. Growing Together is such a valuable planning tool for all who dream of an intergenerational journey. The activities and organization of the book are both ‘child and elderly friendly’. What a gift to have a resource filled with developmentally appropriate and engaging activities that are both purposeful and ready to use!”
Kay Jodrell MDEC, Activities Coordinator, Warberries Nursing Home –
“I am astounded by the detail to be found! It really tells you everything you need to know about starting up and successfully implementing an intergenerational project. The activities are well described and varied. I love how all abilities are provided for. As a Montessori directress, I am pleased to see how aligned to fostering independence many of the activities are. Both our residents and the children enjoy interacting with the materials.”
Jacque Rooks, Age-to-Age Liaison, Windsor Place –
“Providing an appropriate environment for intergenerational programming will lead to success for both the elders and the children. It unleashes a ‘magical medicine’ that provides self-worth and purpose for the elderly and validation for children. Lorraine has provided activities that are perfect for developing the kind of environment that will allow this ‘magical medicine’ to exceed any expectations.”
Linda Prain, Wellbeing assistant at Bathesda Care Home, Torquay –
“It gives a good yet concise explanation of inter-generational learning and the benefits to the young and old. The photographs simply shine with the enjoyment and engagement between the children and the older adults. This is an absolutely lovely resource and should be of benefit to all Activity Leads in Care Homes and all Childcare providers.”
Stephen Burke, Director of United for All Ages –
“The growing number of intergenerational projects bringing some of our oldest and youngest people together are always asking for ideas on what to do. Look no further! Lorraine George’s new book has fifty themed activities – all very clearly set out for those leading activities, from preparation and resources needed to learning opportunities and future developments, and of course things to be aware of. I particularly like the proactive ideas that draw on older people’s knowledge and experience as well as Lorraine’s own expertise as an early years professional. The book also sets the context for intergenerational learning, the benefits for all generations and where to go for further advice and information.”