What will happen when we go right instead of left? This is a question Quartz Room educators asked the children one Tuesday when we headed out for a walk. Typically when we go for a walk inside the building we go out the back door and go left towards Ottewell Lodge. On this specific Tuesday we paused before going left and pondered the question what will happen if we go right? In that moment a decision was made and we opened the door on the right and entered Ottewell Terrace. We headed down the hallway towards the common room. When we arrived at the common room we discovered a group of men having coffee. Much to our delight the men were very excited to see us and promptly invited us into the room to join them! We were a little shy to enter the room at first, but after some encouragement we walked in and toured around the table of men saying hello.
We talked about coming back and bringing our own ‘coffee’ to enjoy with the men. After a little bit more conversation we continued on our adventure through the Terrace. As we walked down the halls we were greeted by various seniors who were mutually excited to see us. A week and half later we ventured back to Ottewell Terrace, but this time it was a Monday. We headed for the common room again to check and see if anything was going on. Yet again we were greeted by a room full of people. This time it was a group of women having coffee. Just like last time we were welcomed into the common room. A little bit of coaxing was required, but soon we entered the room and started our tour around the table. The women greeted us with warm smiles and saying hello. A few of our more brave children gave high fives and shook hands. Just as we were preparing to leave one of the women suggested singing our favourite song – Baa Baa Black Sheep!
On our way out of the common room another women having coffee extended an invitation for us to join them on Friday morning for colouring! This was so exciting for us educators to receive an invitation back. Of course we took her up in this offer and headed back on Friday with colouring supplies in hand. These walks began the development of a budding relationship with the residents of Ottewell Terrace. New relationships have also been blossoming in Quartz Room. Lately we’ve noticed a few of our older children have been lending helping hands to the younger children who are newer to Quartz Room. Jacob has been observed helping Jackson out. Jacob will take Jackson’s hand and lead him around Quartz Room suggesting different places for them to play. Jackson has also started seeking Jacob out – wanting to hold his hand and play with him. This relationship is comparable to a big brother helping out his little brother.
Looking forward to seeing what other relationships will bloom from Quartz room, rather it be between the children or with the Seniors!
Have a great weekend!