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March 22, 2023

Amanda and Karin lovingly know as Miss Panda and Miss Froggie from the Canton Museum of Art - named by the children from JRC, were instructing today with "Lions & Lambs Mask Making".

They began with questioning what happens in Spring?  Flowers, plants, animals, etc. What is the Spring weather like?

The instructors passed out stuffed animals with a song all about animals to get them in the mood to make their animal mask making.

In March everything begins to come alive and roar in like a lyon.

In April things settle down a bit like a lamb.

The children and seniors began to make their lion and lamb masks. This was so creative as they worked together in teams.

They concluded the day with a dance party - dancing with the animals.

The "Goodbye Friends" song was the finale.




March 15, 2023

JRC's two terrific Yoga Instructors were in the house today - Rhonda Kuster and Kedric Wolfe to bring the "Spring is in the Air" program alive!

After our usual welcome train with the children going to the seniors (Grandpas and Grandmas) to say hello with a gesture of shaking hands, high fives, fist bumps and hugs and then followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, the program began. 

Breathing exercises with sounds was a great way to get started.

Next were tree exercises along with the famous Yoga tree pose while discussing other Spring plants, flowers and animals in hibernation that will be coming alive and visible as Spring arrives.

Bunnies, caterpillars, butterflies, flowers, bees and chickens laying eggs were all acted out in movement and sounds.

Flowers and foam eggs were distributed to go along with the motions of yoga. Songs were also sung to created more movement. The eggs were used also for balance as they put them on their heads.

Twisting the body in the chairs and on the mats was a healthy movement introduced.

Feet moving to create raindrops while singing the song to let the rain fall while watering all the plants and flowers that need the water to grow.

Finally shamrocks were distributed to the children to give to the seniors to celebrate the upcoming holiday.


March 8, 2023

Artful Living and Learning's instructor Emily Gordon was "Dancing with Color" while engaging the children and the seniors in the Intergenerational Connections Program (IG Program),

She began with her Celebrate Song after the Pledge of Allegiance.

The day was all about colors and dancing with colors!

Asking them their favorite color, what color they were wearing and the color of their hair just to name a few.

Songs about wearing colors, about items with the same color, different colors, mixing colors, rainbows, a circle of colors and primary colors. 

She used squares in motion to show how primary color mix into new colors and scarves of rainbow colors to identify and  "place a color on you" as they danced with motions.  Moving colors at different speeds - slow or fast.

She completed the morning with calming colors...

Everyone loved engaging in all the music, dance and motions with colors!



March 1, 2023

Gina Aston, JRC Adult Day Assistant Director instructed the class in a "Cat in the Hat" themed craft to go along with the theme of the day at the adult day center.

Everyone had a good time connecting through creativity.


March 29, 2023

Today we had a first time instructor with two ladies Christine Herman and Rachel Bennett from the Stark County Libruary.

Their theme was " Spring Frogs and Pop Ups".

They began with a Frog Song and then a Frog Book. 

Another cute Frog Song about 5 Frogs.

They narrated stories with Pop Up photos in the book.

The Wide Mouth Frog book was a favorite.

They then introduced a Pop Up Craft and each senior and child made a card to give to someone with a Pop Up inside - great fun!

What a great first program from the Stark County Library!