Children’s Programs


Classes – Love An Elder Day

For the 1st through 3rd Grade Level Student – Honoring Their Parents’ Parents

October 1st is International Day of Older Persons. It is a day dedicating to honoring and caring for the world’s elderly. (In New York City, October 1st is “Love an Elder” Day.) Students could make posters advertising this day around the community.

1) Students could be asked to create their own class-wide, school-wide or community-wide Day to celebrate, for example, create a potluck lunch, inviting grandparents and great grandparents. The momentum could continue all through the year as elders can be invited to special celebrations, including Thanksgiving celebration, and more. Students might plan a sing-a-long, cook a meal, or write a play.

2) They can also make cards to send to their own relatives or senior neighbors.


Classes – Tree Of Art

For the 4th-7th Grade Level Student – The Tree of Art

Ask students to draw their family tree, the trick is to go back on time as memory best allows it. As the students draw the various branches of their family, ask them to number from 1-10 (10) being the highest the amounts of respect that each generations deserves according to them. Ask students if this idea should be expanded to include older seniors in general and why. Because they are the bearers of civilization and have handed down “know-how” to the following generations…and continue to do so.

Read one of the books on the list offered HERE about a cross-generational relationship. Write a sentence that captures a main learning had by the reader about seniors. Then, create illustrations, using one or various media that might capture this idea. The sentence should be printed beneath the finished work of art. The class could create an exhibition for the school and for viewing by families, including senior members. Photos of the submissions can be sent to Lifeforce in Later Years web master (info@L-i-L-Y.org) for inclusion on its website.


Honoring the Eldery with Art

For the 4th-7th Grade Level Student – Honoring the Eldery with Art

Created by educators Naomi Baumgarten & Curricula team. Lifeforce in Later Years; www.L-i-L-Y.org | T.917-775-1199

Warm-Up Activity

Write on the Board, “Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother”. Ask students if this idea should be expanded to include older seniors in general and why.

Focused Activity
Read one of the books included HERE about a cross-generational relationship. Write a sentence that captures a main learning had by the reader about seniors. Then, create illustrations, using one or various media, that might capture this idea. The sentence should be printed beneath the finished work of art. The class could create an exhibition for the school and for viewing by families, including senior members. Photos of the submissions can be sent to Lifeforce in Later Years web master (info@L-i-L-Y.org) for inclusion on its website.


Literature: Books for reading, responding to in writing, and discussion about Cross-Generational Relationships

For 4th to 7th Grade Level Students

Created by educators Naomi Baumgarten & Curricula team. Lifeforce in Later Years; www.L-i-L-Y.org | T.917-775-1199

Mrs. Katz and Tush- Patricia Polacco- an intergenerational friendship between elderly Jewish lady and young African American neighbor.

Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox- a little boy who helps residents of retirement home.

The Secret of the Red Shoes by Joan Donaldson- a woman tells her great-granddaughter about her life through shoes.

Loop the Loop by Barbara Dugan- a friendship between an elderly person and a young girl.

Say Hello, Lily: A Book About Children and the Elderly by Deborah Lakritz- a young girl visits an assisted living home.

The Lemon Sisters by Andrea Cheng- an 80-year-old woman narrates the story of memories sparked by seeing three young neighborhood children playing in the snow.

How Does It Feel to Be Old? By Norma Farber- a grandmother tells her feeling about growing older to granddaughter.

The Two of Them by Aliki- tells of the relationship between a girl and her grandfather and how she continues to take care of him even when he gets sick.

Maxie by Mildred Kantrowitz- learning that Maxie, an elderly woman, is feeling lonely the community decides to make an effort to connect with her.

The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant- an elderly woman who names inanimate objects she knows she can never outlive as a way of protecting herself against loss realizes its worth it to form a living relationship.

Grandpa’s Song by Tony Johnston- tells of the relationship between a grandfather and his grandchildren and how that relationship continues even after the grandfather begins to have memory lapses.

Naomi and Mrs. Lumbago by Gilles Tibo- 7-year-old Naomi finds a friend in her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Lumbago
Gramma’s Walk by Anna Grossnickle Hines- a boy and his grandmother go on imaginary trips together.