A Grandchild's Hand

A Grandchild's Hand

(we use this along with hand-print from child)

The promise of tomorrow
And the hope of dreams come true...
A reminder of the childhood
That is still a part of you...

The wonder of a miracle
From which this love began...
There is so much found in the touch
of a grandchild's hand.

Happy Grandparent's Day!
Grandparents (unknown author)

Grandparents (unknown author)

Few can bring the warmth
We can find in their embrace, and little more is needed to bring love
Than the smile on their face.
They've a supply of precious stories,
Yet they've time to wipe a tear.
Or give us reasons to make us laugh,
They grow more precious through the years.
I believe that God sent us Grandparents from up above,
To share the moments of our life,
As extra measures of His love.

Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day
(Tune - "Take me Out To The Ballgame")
Let' go see our Grandparents
Take us there for awhile.
Mommy and Daddy both need a break,
We'll play games and we'll stay up real late!!!!!!

Oh, we'd like to thank our Grandparents
For all the things that they do.
So it's time to say....................... "You're the
BEST and that WE... LOVE.... YOU"..... !!!!!!

Great Stories to Read on Grandparent's Day!
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A Grandparent's Day Song
Our school celebrates Grandparent's Day/ Special Friend Day in October.  Our guests are at school for about two hours.  If a child does not have a guest I sometimes have one of the 5th grade kids come to participate in activities with the child.  Other times we "share" grandparents!
On this day I usually do the following things:

Have nametags ready for the Grandparents/Guests to fill out at the "Welcome table." 
Have your students wear one too!

*Begin the day with an Autumn story.

*Have the children and Guests make torn paper fall trees  (Art Project) together.  Later I hang the trees on a bulletin board or in the hall with the caption "Our Family Trees" and label the child's name and the guests name under the tree. (See picture below.)

*Last year we made Butter from scratch and I served it with Apple Cinnamon Bagels and Apple Cider.  While we ate we told our guests what we had learned in the previous weeks about Apples and Johnny Appleseed during our Apple unit. (Directions for butter below.)

*Last, I read What Grandma's Do Best/What Grandpa's Do Best by Laura Numeroff , sing a Grandparent song, and we give our Grandparents a Handprint Gift that we have made the day before their visit.
  (See poem/handprint activity below.)
Making Butter
(Great Idea given to me by K teacher
Gail Stroup)

You'll need one baby food jar for each child.  Put two or three Tablespoons of heavy whipping cream in jar, replace lid tightly, and have each child take turns shaking the jar until the butter sets.  Serve with crackers, bread, or my favorite, apple cinnamon bagels cut in fourths.  I also serve apple cider with this snack since we do this in the fall.  We then tell our Guests all that we leaned about apples during our apple unit.
Making Butter Chant

Making Butter Chant

Shake it up
Shake it down
Shake it, shake it all around.

Shake it high
Shake it low
Shake it, shake it to and fro.

Shake it over
Shake it under
Pretty soon, you'll have butter!


(Tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

(Tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Shake, shake, shake the cream,
Shake it round and round.
Never stopping, never stopping,
Till the butter's found.

I have the students make these with the help of their Grandparents.  I later display them in the hall with the caption "Our Family Trees" and tag each tree with the child's name and their Grandparent's name.  Another idea would be to take a family photo on Grandparent's Day and display it under their tree.

Tree trunk patterns (Children trace onto brown paper)
paper plates
orange, yellow, red, green construction paper squares

Trace tree trunk on brown paper
Glue tree trunk to back of paper plate
Color front of plate using a green crayon
Students and Grandparents tear colored paper bits to glue on tree for the leaves.

This make a colorful and very attractive hall display or bulletin board!  It is one of my favorite art projects and I just started using it for Grandparent's Day this year.
Torn Paper Tree Art Project