I may have been silent insofar as contributing to the blog, “READY FOR THAT!,” but it doesn’t mean Jim and I haven’t been active since we moved to Masonic Village in January 2012. I would like to share our experience during a pleasant hour spent this morning which you can read below.
November Sensory Garden Program
The intergenerational sensory garden regulars met on November 19 in the Grand Lodge Hall activity room to make Christmas tree decorations. Nineteen kindergarten students and their two teachers from Masonic Village’s Hildebrandt Day Care Center joined Masonic Village resident volunteers for a fun hour of making ornaments.
Making Tree Ornaments
Janet Nelson, greenhouse technician, had made stars, circles, and trees out of cinnamon and applesauce. Everyone received a brush to paint glitter glue on the unfinished ornaments. Liz Grosh, activities coordinator, was present to help and advise the young artists.
Small mesh bags were provided along with dried plant materials like rose-scented geranium or fennel. The children pulled apart the plants and put the leaves and seeds into a drawstring mesh bag.
Sticks of cinnamon were bound together with chenille rods – this was a new term to me since I always called them “pipe cleaners” – but these red and green stems yielded a more festive result.
The children and the adults spent a companionable and noisy hour at the task and everyone can look forward to seeing the results when the holiday trees are trimmed.
Sensory Garden Overview
The intergenerational sensory garden meets monthly during the winter months and weekly during the “gardening season.” They meet at the sensory garden located next to the Day Care Center and behind Lancaster Building to plant seeds, weed, and water the vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The sensory garden project gives the very young and not so young generations the opportunity to interact in accomplishing a common purpose. During the months from June-September in addition to the work days, there is a once a month garden party where participants play games focusing on nature.
When Jim and I moved to Masonic Village, we knew there was quite a range of things to do. Over time we learned what we liked to do best and put aside those things we didn’t want to continue. Participating in the sensory garden has been one of our favorite recreations. For that reason, I am glad we were “READY FOR THAT!”
Mary Ellen and Jim Tarman moved to the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown with their Chinese Shar Pei, Charlotte, in January 2012. Mary Ellen has volunteered to share her experiences as she explores Masonic Village and everything it has to offer.