Montessori birthday celebration

Lyla's 3rd bday2https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6KAByualg8&list=FLNQsgFXPAYMBzlWENv2bIaw&index=1

Some wonderful Montessori teacher invented this, an extension of the sensorial lesson about the solar system (the earth goes around the sun…).

It is a real celebration of the child. In my class, the family comes and tells a story (or two, or three) about the day of their birth (what the weather was like, who was there, who came during and after, how they felt, what they said….), and then a story (at least) for each year after. The child celebrates each year by carrying the globe around a pretend sun (candle) one time, for one year (the earth goes around the sun…) The parent often brings pictures, or, now an ipad, and the other children are riveted with the stories and the pictures. You can see them thinking: “He/she has a little brother/was born in a hospital/has a gramma/knows how to ride his bike/she likes the beach, too!”

CIRCLE OF THE SUN
by Sally Rogers
Babies are born in the circle of the Sun
Circle of the Sun on the birthin’ day
Babies are born in the circle of the sun
Circle of the sun on the birthin’ day.
Clouds to the east, clouds to the west
Wind and rain to the north and south
Babies are born in the circle of the sun
Circle of the sun on the birthin’ day.
Children take their first step in a circle of the sun
Circle of the Sun on their walkin’ day
Children take their first step in a circle of the sun
Circle of the sun on their walkin’ day.
Clouds to the east, clouds to the west
Wind and rain to the north and south
Children take their first step in a circle of the sun
Circle of the sun on their walkin’ day.

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5 thoughts on “Montessori birthday celebration

  1. We did “birthday walks” in the Elementary class, as an extension of Earth’s movement and to reinforce the concept of time, but we saw that the older children were not very interested in the activity. Reading your post, I realised how much younger, Primary children would enjoy it! How facts such as, “he has a little brother, likes the beach…” will interest the little ones. I’m going to share this with a lot of Primary teachers. Thank you.

  2. marysmontessorischool says:

    Yes, the stories are really intriguing to the other children, and the pictures. It feels intensely personal and intimate, and is very meaningful to the parents!

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