This week, the third-grade and kindergarten students of The Meadowbrook School visited the senior citizens of Holy Redeemer Village in Huntingdon Valley to perform a special talent show and a teddy bear melody song.
The third grade curriculum at The Meadowbrook School includes a yearlong unit on developing a healthy understanding of and respect for our older generation of Americans. Over the years, Meadowbrook has forged a unique relationship with Holy Redeemer Village that has fostered meaningful lessons and lasting memories for students and residents alike.
The Understanding Aging Unit for third graders begins with a visit from a social worker at Holy Redeemer Village. The children participate in hands-on activities, which allow them to experience how physical constraints, faced by older adults, may feel. The third graders wear glasses coated with Vaseline, use walkers, listen with cotton balls placed over their ears, walk with corn kernels in their shoes, and taste watered down apple juice.
The children’s other visits to Holy Redeemer Village include: a tour of Holy Redeemer’s facilities, decorating pumpkins in October, art and quilt making in December, and a spring picnic. In turn, Holy Redeemer Village residents visit The Meadowbrook School for the students’ winter musical and their spring performance.