A society that cuts off older people from meaningful contact with children….is greatly endangered. In the presence of grandparents and grandchildren, past and future merge into the present. ~ Margaret Mead
For years I worked with the young and the old separated. I witnessed how periodic performances by children brought such joy to the lives of the nursing home residents. So when a teacher approached me about having an activity where the two groups were engaged, I jumped at the opportunity. The rest is history.
- Therapeutic singing and moving
- Opportunities for creativity and self expression
- Development of relationships and friendship
- Opportunities for socialization
- Appreciating a different generation
There are two intergenerational groups offered by Music Sparks: Sharing Songs and F.I.R..
- A child between the ages of 18 months and age 5 who would enjoy sharing songs, stories, rhymes, rhythms, instrument play and movement in a supportive, creative setting.
- An older adults residing in the host facility (and you can participate for FREE)!
- Enrollment for children is through the Hays Recreation Commission. Schedule is available on our Events & Classes Calendar.
- Facilities in the Hays, Kansas area servicing older adults interested in hosting a Sharing Songs session should contact JoAnn at: [email protected] .
Come join for rhymes, singing, drumming and moving with the great folks of Sterling House. This group is great fun for the WHOLE family age 3 – 99. Don’t have a family member to join you? No problem, come be part of our rhythm family. Join us for one or more of these great hours of fun! All percussion equipment will be provided. Sign up for one or more sessions!
Cost: Fee schedule is posted at Hays Recreation. (Children under age 10 need an enrolled adult to participate with them). Minimum of 8; maximum of 16. Enroll through the Hays Recreation Commission. You can see scheduled groups on our Events &Classes Calendar.
To learn more send an email to: [email protected] .
Here is an interview from May 2012 on intergenerational programs.