Archive for Thursday, April 13, 2006

Young students connect with elderly

April 13, 2006

It's often said that people pick up habits at an early age. That is what Lansing Elementary School kindergarten teachers Andrea Rothmeyer and Vickie Kelly were hoping when they took their morning classes to Colonial Manor Nursing Home last week.

On Thursday, April 6, the teachers took their students to visit residents at the nursing home and spread Easter cheer.

Students sang "Little Bunny Foo Foo," put on a puppet show, colored with residents and put up Easter decorations at the nursing home. They also had made cards to give to the residents.

Rothmeyer said the visit was connected to a social studies unit about family and community. The elderly are a segment of the community that sometimes gets neglected, she said. Only two of her students had ever been to a nursing home, Rothmeyer said, so it was a new experience.

"They were a little nervous and didn't know what to expect," Rothmeyer said.

She said some students were afraid of getting their cheeks pinched, but they practiced what to do in class. If the students were uncomfortable, they could just back away, Rothmeyer said.

However, cheek-pinching wasn't a problem. Rothmeyer said the students and residents interacted well - some of the residents joined in coloring with the youngsters.

"It was really worth our time," she said. "The kids left feeling really proud and happy."

The residents also seemed to enjoy the visit, Rothmeyer said. One man told her how much he loved "Little Bunny Foo Foo."

About 40 kindergartners visited the nursing home last week, and Rothmeyer will take her afternoon class there today.

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