In Grandma's Attic



West Milford Education Association (Passaic County) member Nancy Carole Vasilenko knows that young and old alike share a love of rummaging through grandma's attic and this project is designed to bring the generations together in unique ways to learn from the past, prepare for the future, and celebrate the present.

This innovative project targeting forty-five (45) children in two Kindergarten classes and supported though a $4,400 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education, allows children, parents, grandparents, and local senior citizens to gather In Grandma's Attic, a corner of the classroom filled with a treasure trove of antiques, clothing, souvenirs, books, and scrapbooks that will inspire and teach young children about their American heritage and ethnic backgrounds.

Grandparents and local senior citizens will be invited to share their memories of childhood through their own toys, games, dolls, house wares, clothing, souvenirs, photos, and scrapbooks. Young and old will learn from each other as they engage in activities such as show-and-tell, guess the antique/object, and dress-up dramatic plays.

Students will photograph their sessions with seniors and use them to create their own scrapbooks. Other activities will reinforce such academic skills as reading, journal writing, creative writing, printing, sequencing, cutting, and coloring.

Students will participate in two field trips to historical museums: an Early American museum to give students hands-on experience with materials, objects, and activities of the past, and a one-room schoolhouse to experience school days of long ago.

For further information, contact:

Nancy Carole Vasilenko
(973) 694-7438