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Why Generational Learning Is Important


It is true that grandparents can teach their grandkids but it is equally true that those grandkids can teach their grandparents; intergenerational learning is a two-way street.

Grandpa Joe is one of the most beloved fictional grandparents in all of pop culture. His relationship with Charlie in the book and movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory perfectly captures that special bond between grandparent and grandchild. The story is also a wonderful illustration of how grandparents can impart wisdom to their grandchildren. In…
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Williamsburg with My Grandmother


"My grandmother’s engagement in my learning has had a significant effect on my life and helped create a love of history and learning."

My grandmother was a school teacher who possessed a passion for learning and loved history. Growing up, my family would go on trips with my grandparents to Colonial Williamsburg. My grandmother wanted to see and experience everything and would make sure we all experienced and learned as much as possible on each trip. We would…
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Intergenerational Learning: Insight from Research Studies


"Increased grandparent involvement may bring with it certain challenges but it also presents great opportunities for personal enrichment and the growth of each individual family member as well as the extended family as a whole."

In March, 2014, I attended a forum hosted in Lancaster by the Sesame Workshop that addressed a number of themes, including the importance of grandparents in childhood education. Intergenerational learning is a topic that is drawing the attention of educators as grandparents are becoming more and more active and engaged in the lives of their…
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Tips for Intergenerational Learning


Spending time with grandparents is an important part of a child’s life. The grandparent-grandchild bond is generally very strong and can often provide opportunities for learning to occur. Here are some tips for encouraging intergenerational learning.

“Over the river, and through the wood, To Grandfather’s house we go; the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifted snow.” (“Thanksgiving Day” by Lydia Maria Child) Spending time with grandparents is an important part of a child’s life. (Tweet this) The grandparent-grandchild bond is generally very strong and…
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