National Grandparents Day is celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day each year in the United States. A presidential proclamation created and signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978 and Grandparents Day became an official holiday.
Grandparents Day was created to remind Americans that we need to honor and show respect to those that can before us and helped shape the world we live in. It also serves as an opportunity for older adults to share their wisdom, perspectives, and values with children.
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Grand Ideas and Activities for the Classroom
Games with Grandparents - invite grandparents to spend 30-60 minutes with your class to play board games
Pancake Breakfast - school or grade-level hosted breakfast for grandparents and students
Interview a Grandparent - students write or record an interview with their grandparent(s) about their life and share with the class
Grandparent's Tea - invite grandparents to afternoon tea and show off your students' manners
Family Tree - students can work with their parents and/or grandparents at home to create a family tree to share with the class
Reader's Theater - invite grandparents to a student performance
Guest Reader - invite grandparents or seniors from the community to read to your class
Grandparents Day is also a great opportunity to make special personalized books or a fun cooking craftivity for grandparents.