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March is a transition month from wintertime to spring, and the weather is often unpredictable. From cold temperatures, gusty winds, and snow showers to warm temperatures, gentle breezes, and sunshine, the wild swings can make for some interesting sights in the sky. Discover a few of them as you engage your group in the activities suggested below.
More activities can be found in the resources highlighted below.
Continue to look for upcoming editions of this newsletter the first day of the month. (Themes focus on the following month.) Our newsletter contains useful information to make your job of working with older adults more fulfilling. In this issue, you’ll find the following:
UP IN THE SKY RESOURCES
Do you like to watch airplanes soar through the sky? Do you remember the first airplane you ever saw? Spend some time rekindling memories with the ElderSong product I Hear Memories, Volume 2. The CD offers one-minute sound scenes for reminiscing. Vintage sounds include Beauty Parlor, Fireworks, Clocks, Wedding, Baby, Washday, Camping, Automobile, Office, Spring Cleaning, and more! The companion book features a description of each sound scene, prop suggestions, discussion questions, and songs for singing or listening. Here are some discussion questions from “Airport,” featuring these sounds: crowd sounds in airport terminal, flight arrival announcement, flight leaving announcement, engine starting, turnstile, car horns, airplane taking off.
Are you waiting for spring to arrive and usher in some warmer temperatures? Catch “spring fever” with scenes of the great outdoors. The soothing DVD Ambient Calm: Scenes of Serenity features 14 vistas of passing clouds, fluttering butterflies, waterfalls, sand dunes, quiet ponds, beach sunrises, and rainfall – with natural sound effects. Or simply listen to music as you view the relaxing scenes. Choose classical piano or guitar. Build your custom playlist of scenes and music. There is a loop mode for continuous play.
Spring will soon arrive – with kites, sunshine, daffodils, rainbows, robins, and more. Add some seasonal decorations with Crafts Through the Year, a book of crafts “specially adapted for older adults.” You’ll find
36 projects in the resource, with varying levels of difficulty: very simple, simple, or intermediate. There are three craft projects for each month of the year with a list of
supplies, leader preparation tips, and directions. Photos of the finished projects are included in the book.
For the spring season, your group can choose from the following craft projects: Spring Kites, Felt Shamrock Necklace, Tissue Paper Shamrock, Bunny Basket, Calico Bunny, Decoupage Bunny, Clothespin Butterfly, or Felt Flower Mobile.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride in a hot air balloon in a clear blue sky? Hear about a father’s balloon adventure on Five Minute Memories: Heartwarming Stories to Comfort and Connect. There are nine short stories read aloud on CD, to provide comfort to those who may need encouragement from isolation or feelings of loneliness. Use the CD for a small or large group activity or for a bedside activity. Generate lots of conversation with some of the following topics: Front Porch Sittin’, Dad’s Car Air Conditioner, Granny’s Aprons, Summer Fun in the Neighborhood, Camp Tanalo, Pop, The County Fair, Hot Air Balloon, The Art of Fruit Pies. Each five-minute story starts with a short question or comment to cue the listener on the subject.
Do you remember a particularly wet spring when the sky seemed to open up and pour out buckets of rain showers? Uncover some weather memories with Everyday Life Trivia, Volume 3. The resource features hundreds of questions about the everyday life of Americans in the mid-20th century. Choose from 20 topics, including Bread and Other Carbs, Family, Feet, Great Outdoors, Hats, Left and Right, Life Everyday, Money and Things, Social Life, Sleepytime, Weather, and more! The trivia quizzes are engaging, and many of the questions will rekindle memories of favorite people, places, and events. The quiz format provides valuable mental stimulation for your group. Here are some sample questions related to the topic of the sky/weather:
SKY TRIVIA QUIZ
1.What is the
brightest planet visible from Earth with the naked eye? Jupiter
2.How is a rainbow formed in the sky? Sun and raindrops
3.Finish the saying: “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight/ Red sky in the morning…. Sailor’s warning
4.According to Greek mythology, who is god of the sky? Zeus
5.Which fictional children’s character was hit on the head with an acorn and believed the sky was falling? Chicken Little
6.What is a skylark? Bird
7.Finish the famous line: “Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s….” Superman
8.What do we call it when little balls of ice fall from the sky? Hail
9.On the TV show Sky King, what was the name of Schuyler “Sky” King’s twin-Cessna plane? Songbird
10.What type of cloud produces showers and thunderstorms? Cumulonimbus
FEATURED PRODUCTS FOR FEBRUARY – 10-30% off
I Hear Memories! Volume 2 – Item #P530; CD & 23-page book. Regularly $17.95. Online sale price $14.35.
Ambient Calm: Scenes of Serenity – Item #W5704; 120-minute DVD. Regularly $15.95. Online sale price $13.50.
Crafts Through the Year – Item #P219; 92-page book. Regularly $16.95. Online sale price $13.50.
Five Minute Memories – Item #W6201; 45-minute CD. Regularly $19.95. Online sale price $16.95. New in 2015!
Everyday Life Trivia, Volume 3 – Item #P120; 47-page book. Regularly $9.95. Online sale price – 30% off for ElderSong’s 30th anniversary: $6.95.
THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH
“A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.” ~ William Arthur Ward
“Up in the Sky” was written by Sue Hansen. Copyright 2015 ElderSong Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.
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