Children with Hope Preschool and Daycare Centre paid a visit to the residents of Fraser Hope Lodge on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 to sing songs with them as part of their new Intergenerational Music Time. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press)

Children with Hope Preschool and Daycare Centre paid a visit to the residents of Fraser Hope Lodge on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 to sing songs with them as part of their new Intergenerational Music Time. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press)

Intergenerational music time connects preschoolers with seniors in Hope

Hope Preschool and Daycare Centre brought its new intergenerational music time to Fraser Hope Lodge

A group of preschoolers brought smiles to the faces of residents and staff at Fraser Hope Lodge when they came to sing songs with them on Tuesday.

It was all part of the Hope Preschool and Daycare Centre’s new Intergenerational Music Time program.

School manager, Lousha Angel, said the children have gone to other senior facilities in the past but it would be to perform a show for the residents, instead of sing and play music with them.

“This year we wanted to be a little more community minded and this was one way to do that,” said Angel. “We wanted it to be interactive with the seniors. We really wanted to commit this year to that relationship with the young and the old.”

That day the children gathered in a circle on the floor of Fraser Hope Lodge as residents sat behind them in chairs while they sang songs.

Lead by the preschool’s daily music program instructor, Alicia Murphy, music and young voices rang through the halls of Fraser Hope Lodge for about 45 minutes.

Shakers and rhythm sticks were handed out to both the children and the care home residents. Smiles spread on the faces of folks young and old as they all tapped their sticks and clapped their hands to the beat of the music.

“Hope Lodge was very open to it,” said Angel, when she approached the care home with her idea. “We’re hoping to do it at least once month.”


 

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Children with Hope Preschool and Daycare Centre play rhythm sticks along with Fraser Hope Lodge residents on Tuesday. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press)

Children with Hope Preschool and Daycare Centre play rhythm sticks along with Fraser Hope Lodge residents on Tuesday. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press)

Music instructor Alicia Murphy (centre) and children with Hope Preschool and Daycare Centre paid a visit to the residents of Fraser Hope Lodge on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 to sing songs with them as part of their new Intergenerational Music Time. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press)

Music instructor Alicia Murphy (centre) and children with Hope Preschool and Daycare Centre paid a visit to the residents of Fraser Hope Lodge on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 to sing songs with them as part of their new Intergenerational Music Time. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press)

Children with Hope Preschool and Daycare Centre paid a visit to the residents of Fraser Hope Lodge on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 to sing songs with them as part of their new Intergenerational Music Time. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press)

Children with Hope Preschool and Daycare Centre paid a visit to the residents of Fraser Hope Lodge on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 to sing songs with them as part of their new Intergenerational Music Time. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press)

Lousha Angel (right) and her students with Hope Preschool and Daycare Centre paid a visit to the residents of Fraser Hope Lodge on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 to sing songs with them as part of their new Intergenerational Music Time. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press)

Lousha Angel (right) and her students with Hope Preschool and Daycare Centre paid a visit to the residents of Fraser Hope Lodge on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 to sing songs with them as part of their new Intergenerational Music Time. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press)

Children with Hope Preschool and Daycare Centre paid a visit to the residents of Fraser Hope Lodge on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 to sing songs with them as part of their new Intergenerational Music Time. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press)

Children with Hope Preschool and Daycare Centre paid a visit to the residents of Fraser Hope Lodge on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 to sing songs with them as part of their new Intergenerational Music Time. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press)

Children with Hope Preschool and Daycare Centre paid a visit to the residents of Fraser Hope Lodge on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 to sing songs with them as part of their new Intergenerational Music Time. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press)

Children with Hope Preschool and Daycare Centre paid a visit to the residents of Fraser Hope Lodge on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 to sing songs with them as part of their new Intergenerational Music Time. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press)