Building Connections with
Grandparents and Parents
Grandparents’ Day is officially September 7th, although many schools celebrate it at different times throughout the year. One of my fondest memories was the special party we gave for our grandparents each year. After twenty years I can still clearly recall a grandmother thanking me and saying, "Now when I think of Kristy I can see her in this happy place."
I always involved the children in making the snack, decorations, and nametags. I would also let them choose the songs and dances they wanted to perform for their grandparents. (Of course, “Tooty Ta" was always at the top of the list, and we asked the grandparents to join along!) The children drew pictures of their grandparents and then we played a guessing game trying to match up drawings with the grandparents.
Hint! Children who don’t have grandparents can invite a neighbor or friend. You could also let a school helper “adopt” children for the day and be their pretend grandparent.
Here’s a free download for a song my daughter wrote. Better get the Kleenex handy because it will bring tears to your eyes!
Grandparents’ Day - 1st Sunday after Labor Day
(Tune: “Simple Gifts”)
Grandma and Grandpa we just want to say
Click here to download the vocal and the instrumental versions. If you sing this at a program, you can use the instrumental arrangement.
This month will highlight some of the previous activities I’ve shared on my website for involving families. The National Coalition for Parent Involvement for Education reports that when schools and families work together, everyone benefits.
• Students have higher grades, graduation rates, and