Friday, November 1, 2019

Our second Field Trip was a wonderful entertaining trip to the Palace Theater in downtown Canton to enjoy Jim Gill a Musician and Author presented by the The Stark County Library.

The children and adults were intermingled in seating so that they could interact to all the sing-a-longs and movements presented by Jim.  They all enjoyed the song and dance program.  The children enjoyed the action of movement with jumping and spinning as well as other creative movements.  The older adults enjoyed watching them although it was a little face paced for their abilities.

Overall fun and laughing and enjoying the event together which is what makes this IG Connections Program so successful!!

When the entertainment ended, they stayed to secure a photo with the entertainer. (See below)



Friday, October 25, 2019

Our first Intergenerational Connections Field Trip was to Nickajack Farms!!   What a great trip it was!!

A bus took off from both the JRC Adult Day Center and The JRC Learning Center to meet at the Farms.

The senior/members and children met to first walk through the barn together as they were introduced to the pigs and a horse.   They continued on to the outside petting area where the guide began feeding the animals while the senior/members and children pet the animals (alpacas, sheep, goats, etc.)  Ray, our senior/member could be seen helping the children reach the animals for petting them.  (see photo below)

Next the children and senior/members boarded the hayride cart pulled by the tractor.  They were sitting in between each other so that they could enjoy the ride together while commenting on what they were seeing... When exiting the hayride they were all hugging each other as they celebrated a fun ride.

During the morning they posed for a wonderful group photo (seen below).

They also visited the pumpkin patch to select their favorite pumpkin to take home.

They changed their lunch plans from eating in the pavilon on the farm to returning to the adult day center to have lunch in the warm bistro area as the day was turning colder.  They enjoyed they sack lunches together while talking and recalling the days events...




Friday, October 18, 2019

This week Suni Ortez, our teaching artist from Arts in Stark created a Pumpkin Art Activity and the Adult Day Center Staff carried it out in her absence.

The morning began with the children in the  "Welcome Train" greeting everyone.  The children were led to the round tables to begin their art with their "grandmas and grandpas. 

Rico and Becky JRC Adult Day Center Staff instructed the group on how to paint the pumpkins.  Each person at each table was to take a turn putting the orange watercolor paint on the white crayon pumpkins prepared in advance by Suni (watercolor artist).  Most of the adults and the children were able to paint and help each other.  Even our shyest child participated today with help from one of our senior/members.  The staff blow dried the art.  Then the crayons were distributed for the children to add stems on the pumpkins while adults gave advice or assisted.  Eyes were then added with all participating.

A special Happy Birthday to one of the children, Wyatt who turned 4 today!!  The staff at Adult Day Center sang a special Happy Birthday Song.

The Goodbye Train ended the morning with a Goodbye Song!!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Cyn Warren as the instructor with Artful Living and Learning was on board with a program of music with facial expressions and feelings.

The morning began with "Good Morning" music encouraging the children to "high five" the adults as they entered with the Welcome Train on to mats in the middle of semi-circle surrounded by senior/members.  They began with the song "If you Happy and you Know it "... with all sorts of facial expressions. 

The children were encouraged throughout the program by Cyn to find "grandmas and grandpas" in the circle to interact by making a tired face at them, stretch and yawn at them, hold hands with them, each telling their ages while asking their ages, tell them what they want to be for Halloween, and displaying happy and sad faces,    While playing the Monster Mash, Cyn took the children around the circle to say "boo" to all of the "grandmas and grandpas".  All expressions and feelings creating laughter by both groups.  They played a game with different faces they would hold up to express themselves to each other.

As a result of all of this interaction, the children are becoming more comfortable with the senior/members.   Some even going around the room on their own while some still being guided by the instructor.  The senior/members are laughing and really enjoying their time with the children...

A special Happy Birthday for a senior/member Marion Conner - everyone sang to him.

The Closing Song with everyone singing...lots of smiles...everyone saying goodbye for the day....



Friday, September 27, 2019

Kedric and Sarah worked their magic at Yoga this week with some new techniques!!

First this week we set up differently with the Yoga mats for the children in between the senior/members for more direct interaction.

Next they introduced the use of props such as scarves for motion, lightweight cloth pumpkins to balance on their heads (children balanced on their heads while putting one on the senior/members head also).

Interaction continued as the motion and movement ensued.  

A healthy snack was delivered by the children to the senior/members with a half banana and water.   All felt refreshed afterward...

Friday, September 20, 2019

Suni Ortez is back with us as a Teaching Artist from Arts in Stark in Watercolor Painting.  We are painting an abstract design with creativity from each individual displayed.

The Children and the Senior/Members take turns painting a different design on the canvas.  They encourage each other as to what color and shape to select.

The final masterpiece is one that is passed from table to table so that the each child and senior/member that is participating puts their favorite design on the Group Masterpiece Painting!!

We have some beautiful final paintings that can be viewed at the JRC Adult Day Center and at the JRC Learning Center!!




Friday, September 13, 2019

This week we started a new program called Artful Living with a Teaching Artist, Cyn Warren with Music and Dance.  She began with questioning the children and the senior/members with one fact about each of them.   She then introduced a wonderful song "The More We Get Together" that will be repeated monthly.  

She continued to play music with her oboe and music recordings and introduced different kinds of music with drama. Children and Senior/Members were dancing some on their feet and some in the chairs.  Some even in a circle together.  Some Senior/Members approached a child to dance with....

She also read a book and asked for different emotions and reactions that the group responded back to each other.

The final song was a new song she created:

We are Younger, You are Older, We are Friends, We are Friends, We Love to be Together, We Love to be Together. See you soon. See you soon.    This will also be repeated monthly.....   What a wonderful interactive morning it crosses all boundaries... young and old....


Friday, September 6, 2019

Our IG Connection Program began the season with a new group of children who were 3 and 4 years old. Both generations breathed, stretched and moved simultaneously to Intergenerational Yoga.  Our wonderful instructors are back with us again this year - Rhonda Kuster and Kedric Wolfe.

When the children arrived, they marched around the room, forming their ritual "WELCOME TRAIN", waving hello to all their "Grandmas and Grandpas"!!   Everyone said the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE and then YOGA started.

After Yoga, they shared a healthy snack of Halo Oranges and a glass of water, which the children delivered to all the seniors. Of course, manners were observed as everyone replied: "Thank You" and "Your Welcome" to each other. The children put their yoga mats away and said goodbye to their grandmas and grandpas with hugs until they see each other again next week.