“In the presence of grandparent and grandchild, past and future merge into the present.”
Children in Mrs. Berry’s second grade class will conduct oral history interviews with nine senior citizens living in Lakewood, Ohio, on Monday, February 9, 2015. Children will use cameras to videotape their interviews with senior citizens. The cameras are gifts from a Donors Choose.org request. The cameras, with video feature, will allow children to look and listen closely and think deeply.
Children will write questions that explore the differences from past to present-- In communication, entertainment, housing, schooling, crafts, storytelling, music, holidays, and family traditions.
“These stores, memories, and traditions are powerful expressions of community life and values. They anchor us in a larger whole, connecting us to the past, grounding us firmly in the present, giving us a sense of identity and roots, belonging and purpose.” --Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural