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Who doesn’t love celebrating their birthday?! Kids and adults alike love celebrating their born day. It is a very special occasion that is shared with family and friends in a variety of ways. Children in a Montessori classroom have a very unique way that their birthdays are celebrated and shared with the classroom . It is termed the Celebration of Life; in which we celebrate and share aspects of each year of their lives on Earth. Each child excitedly waits for their turn to do the Birthday Walk each year on their birthday.
Montessori Walk Around the Sun Activity
The Montessori Walk Around the Sun is composed of a painted wooden sun with twelve points on the ends. It also comes with twelve wooden months of the year cards for each of the twelve months. The sun has a space for a candle as well, which is not included. Add a birthday and the Montessori Walk Around the Sun is ready for use! For the activity, I put out the sun on a work rug, and have the children repeat after me saying the months of the year as I place them around the sun. They have learned and memorized the months of the year this way!!
The Celebration of Life…
In a Montessori classroom, birthday are a tradition. During this special ceremony, the child stands next to their birth month and holds a globe; which represents the Earth. They (as the Earth) walk around the sun. Each trip around the sun represents one year that the child has been o the planet. I begin the Montessori Walk Around the Sun by explaining to the children that we are the Earth and that the Earth goes around the sun. I tell them that it takes the Earth three hundred and sixty five days to go around the sun, and every time it does, you get one year older; I also add, (except for Ms. Anitra who is 21 forever!) Haha!!!
I also ask that the parents send in photos from each year of their life, either as single, individual photos, or as a prepared birthday poster. I also send out a form for parents to fill out that documents any significant milestones, firsts, or trips that they would like shared during the birthday celebration. I’ve had some parents get quite creative with the birthday boards they’ve prepared!!
Along with the birthday walk and the picture board, I have a special song that we sing as the child walks around the sun.
“The Earth goes round the sun, the sun
The Earth goes round the sun.
The Earth goes round the sun, the sun
And (Child’s Name) turned one!”
Continue until the child’s current age is reached.
The children love joining in to sing this song! I’ve even gotten in on the fun of the Birthday Walk!!
Birthday’s are a special time in a child’s life, so why not make it a day to remember! The Montessori Walk Around the Sun teaches science, months of the year, history, and traditions all in one It is that amazing of a thing to celebrate your child’s birthday Montessori style!