I had a very proud mama moment in our Intergenerational Music Class last weekend. My daughter, Mary, attends the class with my husband every week. This was the sixth music class of the summer session, and Mary has come out of her shell more and more each class. This class is held in a retirement home, and we call the older adults “grandfriends” and encourage them to join our class every week. I often ask the children to interact with their grandfriends by waving hello, asking their names, and taking them small instruments. Mary has always been shy around the grandfriends and has needed to hang onto one of her parents before she would approach a grandfriend.
This time, when I asked her to take an egg shaker to a grandfriend, Phyllis, she happily took it from me, ran over to Phyllis, and plopped it into her hand! I was so proud of her and happy to see that she was learning to form relationships with her grandfriends.
The other children have been building social skills in the Intergenerational Music Class, too! It has been wonderful to see them interact with each other and the grandfriends in more and more meaningful ways throughout this class session.
Do you have a child who would benefit from this type of socialization? Sign up for our next session! We start in August. Learn more and register here.