Birthday Celebrations in the Montessori Elementary Classroom
Every celebration in the Montessori classroom is linked to one or more curriculum areas. In this way children come to understand and appreciate why people throughout the world, of every race and culture, have created rituals.
Each child’s birthday can be celebrated in the classroom by having the birthday child carry a globe and walk around a ‘sun’ once for each year of life. This reminds the students that life is a cycle of seasons that occur because the earth turns on it’s axis as it revolves around the sun, and this complete cycle takes one year.
We encourage the child to bring photographs and a short story to share about their earlier years of life (as he/she travels around the sun). This is a great opportunity for parents to share memories with their child.
Example: When I was a baby I had a favorite blanket that was soft and green.
Here is a picture of me when I was three years old…
When I was one year old, my favorite food was…
Students may prepare a “book of drawings and complements” for the child celebrating his/her birthday.
Families are asked to support our nutrition program by sending a healthy snack to share – fruit cups, frozen yogurt, vegetable pizza.
Consistent with school policy, please do not send candy, cake, cookies, cupcakes or other sugar-laden treats. Also, please do not send gifts for the children.
If your child wants to have an at home celebration and invite students from school, please put the invitations in marked envelopes and give them to the classroom teacher to distribute so that classmates who are not invited will not feel left out.
Please call the Principal if you have any questions about the Montessori curriculum and philosophy or school policies.