An interesting program started in February 2016 recommenced for the present school year with Ecole Providence students Grade 3 and up visiting Manoir du Lac residents on Tuesday October 18.
The program is for the students to visit Manoir du Lac every second Tuesday and during the hour-long afternoon visit, the women at the Manoir teach the kids how to knit and demonstrate a number of knitting techniques.
While it may be the principle focus, knitting is not the only endeavor as other activities will include art lessons, board games and the kids plan to bring their iPads and play educational games with the residents.
The visits to the Manoir will provide the kids with a valuable opportunity to learn something useful while having conversation and getting some attention from their elders.
The students and Manoir du Lac residents are not the only ones enthusiastic about the Tuesday afternoon visits, as Ecole Providence teachers and teacher assistants also appear keen to accompany the kids for these activities.
Both the teacher and Manoir du Lac residents agree that the visits are beneficial for the kids and mutually enjoyed by everyone involved.
“The practical things the kids learn, such as knitting and drawing are important but what is equally important is that the kids get to spend time with their elders,” says Ecoel Providence Principal, Krista Veitch.
“They have an opportunity to bridge that gap between the generations and gain a broader perspective as individuals and as citizens.”