I can’t believe the New Year is almost here! I have a post on “Preparing for New Year’s Family Celebrations,” with lots of great ideas from around the blogosphere. The ideas aren’t all Montessori activities, though. So, today I want to share Montessori-inspired ideas for celebrating the New Year with kids.
Montessori Birthday Celebration for the Earth
My favorite Montessori idea for celebrating the New Year is with a Montessori birthday celebration for the earth. I first read about this idea on Montessori Mom: “The Moon and New Years.” You’ll find a number of helpful ideas and links there.
I have a roundup post with a number of ideas for Montessori birthday celebrations: ” Montessori Birthday Celebration.”
Rachel at Racheous did a lot of the work for parents and teachers who want to celebrate the New Year or a child’s birthday using the Montessori birthday celebration. Rachel has free printables for both a Montessori New Year’s celebration and a child’s birthday celebration: “Montessori New Years with Free Printables.”
Montessori-Inspired Activities throughout New Year’s Eve
Another fun way to celebrate the New Year is by using Montessori-inspired activities throughout New Year’s Eve day and evening. You could do an hour-by-hour countdown starting in the morning and ending at 9pm or whenever you choose (since it’s the New Year somewhere).
Jacquie from Edventures with Kids has some great ideas for an hour-by-hour countdown in her post “New Year’s Eve Fun for Kids.” Most activities could be placed on Montessori-inspired activity trays and put on the shelf at their designated hour for children to choose whenever they wish during the day and evening. (I have a post on how to turn crafts into Montessori-oriented activities.) You can find lots of ideas for New Year’s crafts and activities on my Kids’ New Year’s Activities Pinterest Board.
Do you have a family New Year’s celebration planned?
Montessori Monday Link-Up
If you have some Montessori activity trays/lessons to share, please link up below. It’s fine to link up a post from your archives – and you may link up anytime during the week! Your post may be any Montessori-inspired activity or idea. It doesn’t need to be related to my Montessori Monday post.
Link up your exact post URL so that we can find your activity if we return to the linky at a later date (which I often do when I’m looking for activities for a roundup post). I publish the Montessori Monday post and linky at 6:00 a.m. EST each Monday and keep the linky open throughout the week.
Please place the Montessori Monday button (using the code from the right sidebar) in your post or put a link back to this post. Let’s use Montessori Monday to gain inspiration/ideas and to encourage each other! If you would leave an encouraging comment on the post linked up ahead of you (along with any other posts you’re drawn to), that would be awesome!
The We Teach Montessori group has a Member Resources Sharing (for resources such as freebies and series) as well as a Linky Party for We Teach Montessori. We Teach Montessori has a linky just like the one here except that it’s continuous where you may add your Montessori-inspired activities and ideas to the same linky. New links will go to the top of the linky. I’d love to see us build up a great collection of Montessori-inspired ideas there, too. After you link up here, why not hop over to the We Teach Montessori Group and link up there?!
And don’t forget the Saturday/Sunday Parent/Teacher Preparation Days share where you may share a kid-related activity of any kind at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page! It’s also Motivational Monday on Mondays now! I invite you to share something positive on the Bits of Positivity Facebook page (Bits of Positivity is my other blog) to help us all get a good start on the work/school week. You might share an inspirational or motivational quote, positive graphic, or post about finding balance or simplifying your life. Or you might share a post on organizing, an encouraging post, a post about making a difference in the world, or a positive parenting post. Just go ahead and share on the Bits of Positivity wall any time today! (Please “like” the Bits of Positivity Facebook page if you haven’t already.) I’ll be pinning a number of ideas to my regular Pinterest boards.
If you have a giveaway on your blog, please add it to my Family-Friendly Giveaway Linky Page! If you enjoy entering giveaways, you’ll always find some great giveaways there.
Learn more about my eBook Montessori at Home or School: How to Teach Grace and Courtesy! It’s designed to help parents and teachers feel comfortable teaching manners to children ages 2-12. (And courtesy is a great addition to any curriculum in the New Year.)
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Have you added the Montessori Monday button or a text link? Please be sure you’ve done one or the other so that others can find the link-up, too! Thank you, and Happy New Year!
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