Students at Elm Creek School have been spending some time with a wiser generation as kids have been stopping by Heritage Manor to take part in different activities with residents of the manor.
“The students love going to the manor,” said Nicole Spencer, Grade 4/5 split-class teacher. “We have a schedule and when it says field trip they know we’re going to the manor. It’s incredible the connections the students make with the residents of the manor, and the residents are excited to see them. It’s so neat getting the two generations together.”
The most recent trip to the manor featured Reading Time Theatre and the Grade3/4 class joined Spencer’s class. Students ready from books in front of residents to provide a little entertainment while getting students out of their comfort zone. The program began last school year when Spencer decided to get in touch with Lois Froese at Heritage Manor.
“I don’t have my grandparents anymore and I think you can learn so much from our elders and it’s amazing seeing the students teach them and learn things while we’re there,” said Spencer. “Lois has been wonderful to work with, very accommodating. The kids loved last year learning from the residents past and teaching them new games.”
The students’ month trips out started in May last year when residents of the museum put together a historical museum for the kids. Residents of the manor brought out items from their past and students had to guess what they were or what their use was, and at the end, there was a presentation.
“We’ll play games, sometimes we read poetry, we’ll do crafts and they even held their own museum for us,” added Spencer. “We try to switch up our activities every month. They always have a snack for the kids too. It’s amazing. It’s something I always wanted to do and I decided to go ahead with it.”
The students’ next trip to the manor will be for Christmas crafts to help spread some holiday joy to the residents.