My son, Will, celebrated his birthday two days ago, and my daughter, Christina, is celebrating her birthday today! In honor of my children’s birthdays, I’m featuring some posts about a meaningful and educational tradition in many Montessori schools – Montessori birthday celebration, a celebration of life ceremony.
Celebration of Life Ceremony
The photo is from a post by Angie Lile at Vivid Life: Celebration of Life – A Montessori Birthday. In her post, Angie gives a lovely description of the birthday celebration for her twin daughters at their Montessori school.
I love that the Montessori birthday celebration gives a concrete way for young children to understand the months of the year and the earth’s revolution around the sun each year. It also is a way for children to feel special and to connect with their place in the world.
Not every Montessori school celebrates birthdays with a celebration of life ceremony, sometimes called a Montessori birthday walk. The first two Montessori schools I taught at had mainly American Montessori Society (AMS) teachers, and neither school used the celebration of life ceremony.
Following are some other helpful links about Montessori birthday celebrations.
If you would like to use the ceremony at home or in a school, it’s a beautiful addition to a young child’s birthday celebration. You’ll notice there are variations among Montessori birthday ceremonies. Choose whichever variation would have the most meaning or work best for your own child or school.
Birthday Ceremony at Montessori from Joan4 at Squidoo (includes 3 videos)
Montessori Birthday Walk from Montessori Mum (includes 3 videos)
Montessori Birthdays from Life in the Pink Tower
The Earth Goes Around the Sun from Hapa LAB
The Celebration of Life (album page) from Montessori Methods
Nora’s Montessori Birthday Celebration from Kerry’s Ramblings
New Years from Montessori Mom (gives the idea of using the Montessori birthday celebration for a New Year’s activity as well)
A Homemade Montessori Birthday Celebration from Our Montessori Story
The book How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way by Tim Seldin has information on a Montessori birthday celebration.
Celebration of Life (Birthday Celebration) from Montessori Print Shop
Pup’s Celebration of Life from Discovery Days and Montessori Moments
A Birthday Here from September
Montessori Birthday Celebration of Life from Carrots Are Orange
Earth Goes Round the Sun from Momma of 4 Cutiez
A Montessori Birthday Is Love and Genius from DIY Corporate Mom
Montessori New Years with Free Printables from Racheous – Lovable Learnng
Montessori Birthday Traditions from Vibrant Wanderings
Has your child experienced a Montessori birthday celebration?