National Grandparents Day is right around the corner (9/10/17). Many of us would love to jump into a celebration or quick study of our elders before the official day. However, September is a VERY busy month. Teachers and students are just getting rolling. And, let’s face it, time is in short supply. With this said, I am here to share a few quick ideas that will make celebrating Grandparents Day in the classroom extra easy this year.
- Watercolor Houses (from Picklebum)
- Popsicle Stick Family Houses (found on Pinterest)
- Fingerprint Families (via Ed Emberley’s Fingerprint Book)
We all know that story time is a great way to slip current classroom themes into a busy day. There are so many wonderful read alouds that focus on grandparents and “grandfriends.” I compiled a short list of a few of my favorites. These wonderful stories always generate the best carpet conversations. Oh, and if you’re anything like me, you may struggle to hold back tears with a few of these gems. Keep a box of tissues handy.
- Invite grandparents for a picnic lunch.
- Plan an afternoon art activity.
- Invite grandparents to drop in throughout the day. Run with different themed stations that the grandparent can complete with his/her grandchild.
- Host a post-lunch dessert hour and quick activity.
Don’t have time for a planned celebration? No worries whatsoever! There are a still a handful of quick activities that you can seamlessly slip into the mix. Have your students create a quick and simple card to take home on the Friday before Grandparents Day. Sneak in a little grandparent learning via a mini-book or easy can/have/are chart. These make for great parent helper or assistant centers. Still pressed for time? Assign a grandparent/”grandfriend” interview or friendly letter as homework for the week.
If you are looking for any of these items in a ready-made packet, I just so happen to have one. It contains all of the ideas outlined above as well as Ron’s Grandparents song (in MP3 form). Pop on over and take a peek at my Thank Goodness for Grandparents Packet.