National Intergenerational Month is celebrated worldwide every September. What began as Intergenerational Day in 2000 has expanded to an entire month with the goal of intentionally connecting all ages. National Intergenerational Month has been declared in 43 states (including Oregon) and several countries worldwide. It serves to communicate, celebrate, and educate the community on the importance of intergenerational relationships. To celebrate, we had a Crazy Hat day where all generations (children, families, residents, and staff) wore their silliest hat and joined together for an afternoon of treats and a parade. We are so grateful to be a part of a community that believes in the importance of connecting all generations. Enjoy the photos!
Our new school year is off to a great start! It is fun to hear the giggles of little children filling our classrooms and to see their minds work as they learn, explore, and discover new things. However, with a new school year comes different schedules, new routines and tricky transitions. Back-to-school time inevitably brings many changes for children and families. Making a smooth transition between home and school requires teachers and early childhood professionals to help children feel good about themselves and learn to trust other adults and children. Helping children adapt to new situations can ease parents' minds and give them a chance to become involved in their children's education.
Transitions are exciting opportunities for children to learn and grow. Parents and early childhood professionals share a role in making children feel safe and secure as they move to new educational settings. Of course, such milestones in children's lives can cause anxiety, too. Strengthening the ties between educational professionals and families will help create smooth transitions for both adults and children.Here are some tips to ensure children (and parents) adjust to the new routine quickly and effectively: