much planning and preparation, the big day was finally here!
The students could barely contain themselves as they waited
to meet the Grandbuddies. Teachers had reviewed the interview
process (and good manners!) with the children and each child
was armed with a clipboard, pencil, First
Meeting Checklist and a "When
You Were My Age" Interview Sheet of questions.
the Grandbuddies could be heard making their way through the halls
towards the classroom, exclaiming among themselves that it had been a LONG time
since they had been inside an elementary school.
welcoming our guests to the classroom, the teachers introduced the partners to
each other. Everyone filled out a nametag and put it on their shirt so that we
could remember all the names we were learning.
were more students than older adults,
so some of the Grandbuddies had two "Little buddies" to visit
their checklists, students began showing their visitors around the classrooms.
Grandbuddies saw the desks, computer centers, and other interesting
things. Many of them remarked that classrooms had really changed since they were
children. Next on the agenda was a tour of the school. Hand in hand the new friends
set off to see the gym, cafeteria, library, and playground.
Returning to the classroom,
the partners settled in to work on their first interview. The teachers explained
to the group that the questions were going to help the students learn what their
"Grandbuddies" were like when they were children, and that the students would
be writing a story about their partner from the notes they took. (See
Interview Sheet 1) The children were really surprised to hear that their partners
didn't get candy very often...or that they didn't have video games when they were
time! Each student posed with his or her "Grandbuddy" while teachers
snapped away with digital cameras. The photographs will be showcased on our class
website so that family and friends can see the fun. Printed copies will be used
in the Memory Books the students will be creating for their Grandbuddies
at the end of the project. Smile everybody!
fun for this Grandbuddy!
new friends like computers as much as the students do! They
are going to write e-mail messages between meetings so that
they can learn more about each other. The teachers had obtained
student's home e-mail addresses from their parents before the
meeting and typed them up on pieces of paper for the Grandbuddies
to take home with them. (Students without home e-mail gave their
partner our classroom e-mail address.) The Grandbuddies had
already given their e-mail addresses to the teachers before
the meeting so the students' parents are ready to help out!
also like COOKIES as much as First Graders do! We closed our meeting with yummy
treats prepared by our wonderful school cook, Mrs. Takacs. The teachers had to
promise to send her recipes to all of the Grandbuddies! It was hard
to wait...but the students showed good manners and served their visitors first.
it was time to say "Thank you and Good-bye." The afternoon certainly
went fast. Everyone is eager for our next meeting when the students will take
a field trip to Copeland Oaks to see where the Grandbuddies live.
photos of our first meeting can be viewed by clicking
1 | Simulation Centers
| Meeting 2 | Meeting
3 | Final Meeting
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