Earlier this year, this welcoming community received a collage from our children comprised of beautifully painted horse cut-outs in celebration of their annual Melbourne Cup Luncheon. The residents were so appreciative that they returned the kindness with the donation of various children’s books to our Nestle In Alstonville early learning centre.
Not only did this thoughtful community donate books, but they donated their time too! Our wonderful guests visited our day-care centre and took the time to sit with our children, reading them the incredible book by Michael Rosen, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”.
The children delighted in the increased attention, and we were pleasured to watch our little ones develop their social and emotional skills in the presence of new guests.
As a centre focused on early childhood development we were honoured to have Palm Lake residents contribute to the growth of our children. Shared reading experiences facilitate growth in the ability to actively listen, improving narrative comprehension and vocabulary. Our guests have helped to foster positive attitudes towards reading, which are essential foundations for developing essential literacy skills. The cognitive benefits for both generations becoming engrossed in fiction are of equal measures, with research showing enhanced connectivity in the brain and improved brain function.
And, our marvelous guests didn’t stop there; the room lit-up when they launched into a festive Christmas carol sing-along. This truly was a glorious and rewarding experience for both our children and the residents of Palm Lake Resort.
This concept of “non-familial intergenerational interactions” is something that we believe in. The concept pivots on a simple notion – old and young can bring new energy, knowledge and enthusiasm to each other’s lives. In Australia studies have proven that such meaningful engagement improves self-esteem, social interaction, enabling a sense of connectedness and friendship in a safe and secure environment.
We are grateful to the vibrant residents of Palm Lake Resort Ballina for their contributions to, and engagement with the children of Nestle In Goonellabah. You’re welcome back any time.