It’s easy to acknowledge that we need more peace in our world, but it can be hard to know how to promote it best. As parents, grandparents, caregivers, and teachers, we need to help promote peace for the next generation. As Maria Montessori said, “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.”
One of the best ways to promote peace is to help children respect all people, regardless of culture or belief. Last year, we spent a month with a peace unit. I want to let you know about some wonderful holidays around the world resources that can teach about other cultures, develop academic skills, and, most importantly, promote peace. They’ve even been expanded since last year!
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Update for November 28-December 5, 2019!!!
There’s a fabulous new bundle available for 2019!!! It’s the Montessori-Inspired Holidays Around the World Bundle II, and it’s available at 75% off (only $14.99) through December 5, 2019!
- NEW Montessori-inspired Las Posadas Printable Pack
- NEW Montessori-inspired Three Kings Day Printable Pack
- NEW Montessori-inspired St. Nicholas Day Printable Pack
- NEW Montessori-inspired Hanukkah Printable Pack II
- NEW Montessori-inspired Kwanzaa Printable Pack II
- NEW Cursive Montessori-inspired Christmas Language Bundle
- Montessori-inspired Deer Printable Pack
The expansion bundle has new material for both older and younger children, new cursive material, and covers 3 additional holidays. The whole Montessori-Inspired Holidays Around the World Bundle II is 75% off (only $14.99!) Learn more and get the Montessori-Inpsired Holidays Around the World Bundle II at 75% off here.
If you missed the awesome Montessori-Inspired Holidays Around the World Bundle last year, you can get that at 50% ($39.99) through December 5 as well! Learn more and get the original Montessori-Inspired Holidays Around the World Bundle at 50% off here.
Here are the Wonderful Holidays Around the World Materials Available from Every Star Is Different:
First, I’ll share information about the new bundle, The Montessori-Inspired Holidays Around the World Bundle II (expansion bundle) that’s 75% off through tomorrow, December 5!
Montessori-inspired St. Nicholas Day Printable Pack
- Introduces basic concepts involved in the celebration of St. Nicholas Day
- Discusses cultural differences regarding the holiday by country
- Emphasizes the number three in math activities
We haven’t observed St. Nicholas Day before, but I thought this would be a perfect time to start … now that we have some great materials readily available! On the front left side of our shelf is a shoe matching activity that’s perfect for my toddler grandkids! Then I have the St. Nicholas Day Around the World Country and Tradition Matchup. I added our countries globe and the flags map of the world I have in our Montessori-Inspired World Travel Activity and Game Pack.
Next to the country and tradition matchup cards, I have St. Nicholas Day nomenclature and description cards from the St. Nicholas Day Printable Pack. On the right side of the shelf ( book on a wooden cookbook holder), is the awesome Children Just Like Me: Celebrations!
Montessori-inspired Las Posadas Printable Pack
- Introduces children to the story behind Las Posadas
- Focuses on celebration components and symbols
- Emphasizes the number nine in math activities
Montessori-inspired Hanukkah Printable Pack II
- Discusses similarities and differences between Hanukkah and Christmas
- Focuses on processes and preparations for the holiday
- Emphasizes the number eight in math activities
I love to focus on similarities more than differences. So I was excited to see that one of the materials in the Hanukkah Printable Pack 2 is a Hanukkah and Christmas Similarities Matchup. I’m featuring it on the shelf with the beautiful book Everybody Says Shalom. The book isn’t specifically about Hanukkah. It’s about a trip to Israel, although the message of peace is perfect for Hanukkah (or any time).
Montessori-inspired Christmas Language Bundle in Cursive
- Includes beginning, intermediate and advanced Christmas themed language activities in cursive
- All pictures are true to life images
- Provides children with opportunities to practice cursive writing and reading skills
Here’s my 6-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, working with some of the cursive Christmas language materials. She’s a good reader, but we’re gradually adding cursive work to the print work she’s already comfortable with. I used the blue series cards from the pack for this work, but I really should have used the green series. I planned to use it as movable alphabet spelling work, which is easier using the the blue series.
But then I wanted to show the matching work, which is a reading activity. I was glad to see that Zoey is already becoming much more comfortable reading cursive! We still used our cursive tracing board and cursive movable alphabet to give extra practice with the cursive letters. These are wonderful, adaptable materials for working with cursive.
Montessori-inspired Kwanzaa Printable Pack II
- Highlights African American families today
- Provides cursive resources not provided in original Kwanzaa resource
- Emphasizes the number seven in math activities
I decided to add to our Kwanzaa activities with some color work. For my toddler grandkids, I put out the Kwanzaa fruit and vegetable color sort. I also added the Kwanzaa do-a-dot page from the Kwanzaa Printable Pack 2. For Zoey, I put out Montessori color box 3 so that she could look for the closest shade of color to match each color in the fruit and vegetable printable.
Montessori-inspired Three Kings Day Printable Pack
- Introduces multiple components of the story behind the holiday
- Provides many opportunities for language development.
- Inspired by music related to the theme
You can also get free Spanish Christmas Nomenclature Cards from Every Star Is Different (subscriber freebie)!
Here’s my daughter, Christina, working with her 21-month-old son, Caleb with the Spanish Christmas nomenclature cards. Caleb loves both matching activities and learning Spanish, so this was a fun activity for him!
These cards are perfect for a variety of ages. Even through elementary, they’re great as 3-part cards for reinforcing Spanish Christmas words.
Original Montessori-Inspired Holidays Around the World Materials
Note: I’m sharing these in the order the holidays typically occur, starting with fall.
The materials are designed for preschoolers through early elementary, although some of the printables work for upper elementary as well.
Montessori-Inspired Diwali Pack
- Days of Diwali Nomenclature Cards
- Days of Diwali Picture and Description Match Up Cards
- Diwali Vocabulary Nomenclature Cards
- Diwali Vocabulary Picture and Description Match Up Cards
- The Story of Diwali Nomenclature Cards
- The Story of Diwali Picture and Description Match Up Cards
- The Story of Diwali Book Activity
- Diwali Dessert Nomenclature Cards
- Diwali Dessert Picture and Description Match Up Cards
- Diya Addition Clip Cards
- Diya Count By 5s Activity
- Diya Outlines
The Diwali pack:
- Introduces children to Hinduism in ways that are understandable
- Teaches children about the five days of Diwali
- All pictures are either true to life or beautiful artwork that portrays deity in a respectful way.
I prepared a simple Montessori Diwali shelf with two activities and two books to introduce Diwali to preschoolers or kindergarteners.
The pack focuses on the Hindu holiday of Diwali. Hats of Faith focuses on Sikh head coverings rather than Hindu ones. Since Sikhs also celebrate Diwali, I included that book. I love the respectful words of the first page: “Many religious people share the custom of covering their heads to show their love for God.” That’s such a great way to help young children begin to understand and accept differences in people they encounter.
The Usborne Flap Book See Inside World Religions talks about both Hindus and Sikhs celebrating Diwali.
I included the Montessori continents globe and an activity making the flag of India (using the Diwali Picture card of the flag and a cut-off straw) as well as the Diwali Picture and Description Match Up Cards. For preschoolers, you can simply use the 3-part cards without the descriptions.
In these photos, I’m only sharing a fraction of the materials included in each pack … just what I’m using immediately. I’ll be able to use the materials in a variety of ways for many years!
December Holidays Around the World
I used holidays around the world reference books and materials from the Hanukkah, Religious Christmas, and Kwanzaa packs to prepare activities about the main December holidays for my 5-year-old granddaughter, Zoey.
I love DK books and appreciate the photos and child-friendly way Children Just Like Me: Celebrations! introduces a variety of cultures. National Geographic books are some of my favorite nonfiction books, so I’m excited that they have a series of National Geographic Kids Holidays Around the World books. For December holidays, I have their Celebrate Hanukkah, Celebrate Christmas, and Celebrate Kwanzaa books. I’m also using Lights of Winter: Winter Celebrations Around the World.
Montessori-inspired Hanukkah Pack
The 73-page Montessori-Inspired Hanukkah Printable Pack includes:
- First letter sound coloring page
- Hanukkah Nomenclature Cards
- Hanukkah Syllable Counting Clip Cards
- Hanukkah First Letter Sound Clip Cards
- Hanukkah Picture and Definition Match Up Cards
- Famous Jewish Historical Sites in the Holy Land Nomenclature Cards
- Famous Jewish Historical Sites in the Holy Land Picture and Description Match Up
- The Story of the First Hanukkah Cutting and Pasting Activity
- Gelt Addition Clip Cards
- Menorah Subtraction Clip Cards
- Latke Multiplication Clip Cards
- Sufganiyot Division Clip Cards
- Hanukkah Addition Word Problems
- Hanukkah Subtraction Word Problems
- Hanukkah Multiplication Word Problems
- Hanukkah Division Word Problems
- Menorah Fraction Clip Cards
- Star of David Outlines
- Dreidel Outlines
- Menorah Outlines
- Lighting a Menorah Sequencing Activity
- Dreidel Symbol and Definition Match Up Cards with Game Directions
You can use the 3-part cards with or without the description cards. For toddlers, you can just use the images. If you’re using these at home, just use them in the way that works best for your child. You don’t need to be consistent throughout a class of students. So I don’t necessarily use the materials as I would teaching in a Montessori school.
For Zoey, I felt it would be most beneficial for her to start with the control card. I cut apart only the description/word card. Because Zoey mainly reads phonetically at this stage, I read the description cards and she matched the descriptions to the pictures. Then she matched each of the word cards.
It was a fun activity in that way, and Zoey learned a lot about Hanukkah.
During Hanukkah, we’ll do more reading and add activities with the dreidel. I also want to use the candles you’ll see below for the lighting a menorah sequencing activity and fraction work.
And I’m excited to add the Famous Jewish Historical Sites in the Holy Land Picture and Description Match Up Cards to our Godly Play activities focusing on the City of Jerusalem during Lent!
Montessori-Inspired Religious Christmas Printable Pack
The 50-page Montessori-Inspired Religious Christmas Printable Pack includes:
- People and Places Nomenclature Cards
- People and Places Picture and Description Match Up
- The Story of Christ’s Birth Nomenclature Cards
- The Story of Christ’s Birth Picture and Description Match Up
- Animal Nomenclature Cards
- Animal Picture and Description Match Up
- Handel’s Messiah Nomenclature Cards
- Handel’s Messiah Picture and Description Match Up
- The Story of Christ’s Birth Art Period Sort
- Symbols of Christmas Activity
These materials can be used for many years. Some even work well for upper elementary!
I can’t wait to introduce Handel’s Messiah using the pack’s picture and description match-up cards! I’ll use short sections of this music to introduce only the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. I’ll read the descriptions and have Zoey find the picture cards as we listen to the appropriate part of the music.
The Glorious Impossible [Illustrated with Frescoes from the Scrovegni Chapel by Giotto] by is a beautiful book that I still have from homeschooling and my work with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Now it’s only available at a reasonable price as a used book.
Montessori-Inspired Christmas Themed Language Bundle
The 113-page Montessori-Inspired Christmas Themed Language Bundle includes:
- Beginning Language/Pink Series Control Cards
- Beginning Language/Pink Series Tracing Cards
- Beginning Language/Pink Series Writing Cards
- Beginning Language/Pink Series Word Clip Cards
- Beginning Language/Pink Series First Letter Sound Clip Cards
- Beginning Language/Pink Series Ending Letter Sound Clip Cards
- Beginning Language/Pink Series Short Vowel Sound Clip Cards
- Beginning Language/Pink Series Fill in the Blank Cards
- Beginning Language/Pink Series Picture and Word Match Up
- Intermediate Language/Blue Series Control Cards
- Intermediate Language/Blue Series Tracing Cards
- Intermediate Language/Blue Series Writing Cards
- Intermediate Language/Blue Series Word Clip Cards
- Intermediate Language/Blue Series First Letter Sound Clip Cards
- Intermediate Language/Blue Series Ending Letter Sound Clip Cards
- Intermediate Language/Blue Series Short Vowel Sound Clip Cards
- Intermediate Language/Blue Series Fill in the Blank Cards
- Intermediate Language/Blue Series Picture and Word Match Up
- Advanced Language/Green Series Control Cards
- Advanced Language/Green Series Tracing Cards
- Advanced Language/Green Series Writing Cards
- Advanced Language/Green Series Beginner Word Clip Cards
- Advanced Language/Green Series Advanced Word Clip Cards
- Advanced Language/Green Series First Letter Sound Clip Cards
- Advanced Language/Green Series Ending Letter Sound Clip Cards
- Advanced Language/Green Series Fill in the Blank Cards
- Advanced Language/Green Series Picture and Word Match Up
Each set of activities utilizes 12 words related to Christmas.
I haven’t prepared activities using this pack yet, but I will. You can read my review of the Montessori language materials from Every Star Is Different to get an idea of how they’re set up. I love that pink, blue, and green series activities are included in this pack!
Montessori-Inspired Christmas Botany Printable Pack
The Montessori-Inspired Christmas Botany Printable Pack includes:
- Christmas Botany Nomenclature Cards
- Christmas Botany Picture and Description Match Up Cards
- Holly Outlines
- Poinsettia Outlines
- Mistletoe Outlines
- Christmas Tree Outlines
Montessori-Inspired Kwanzaa Printable Pack
The 68-page Montessori-Inspired Kwanzaa Printable Pack includes:
- The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa Nomenclature Cards
- The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa Picture and Description Match Up
- The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa Book Activity
- The Seven Symbols of Kwanzaa Nomenclature Cards
- Kwanzaa Color Patterns
- Important and Famous People in African and African American History Nomenclature Cards
- Important and Famous People in African and African American History Picture and Description Match up
- Clothing and Fabrics of Africa Picture and Description Card Match Up
- Art of Africa Nomenclature Cards
- Kwanzaa Candle Lighting Sequence Activity
- Kwanzaa Candle Lighting Black and White Outline
- Kwanzaa Flag Colored and Black and White Outlines with No Words
- Kwanzaa Flag Colored and Black and White Outlines with Words
Zoey and her sister, Sophia, are part black, which makes the Kwanzaa materials especially relevant.
I ordered LED taper candles to place on the Kwanzaa Candle-Lighting Sequence Cards. We used them with the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa cards and the 7 symbols of Kwanzaa. I introduced the Kwanzaa flag with the material at the top right of the rug. Zoey loved this activity and happily went through each of the days, lighting the candles using a remote control.
This pack is great for Black History Month, too. I plan to use the Important and Famous People in African and African American History Picture and Description Match up Cards then. They’re very thorough and will be perfect for that observance!
More Holiday Packs Available:
I haven’t had the chance to use the following packs yet, but they’re each beautiful and thorough.
Montessori-inspired Ramadan Printable Pack
The 51-page Montessori-Inspired Ramadan Printable Pack includes:
- Islam Nomenclature Cards
- Islam Picture and Description Nomenclature Cards
- Ramadan Fasting Sort Activity
- Phases of the Moon Nomenclature Cards
- Phases of the Moon Book Activity
I’m so excited to use these beautiful holiday materials throughout each year for many years!
Ramadan Mini Unit from Trillium Montessori
Seemi from Trillium Montessori has a lovely Ramadan Mini Unit.
It was simple to put together an introduction to Ramadan and Eid with the National Geographic Holidays Around the World Celebrate Ramadan & Eid Al-Fitr and a booklet and 3-part cards from Seemi’s Ramadan Mini Unit.
The Ramadan Mini Unit includes:
1. Ramadan Non-Fiction Book: Includes 11 pages of Ramadan vocabulary. Features real photos and informational text.
2. Ramadan Mini Book: A black and white clipart version of the non-fiction book. This can be used by students to make their own booklets.
3. Ramadan 3-Part Cards: Features photos and vocabulary from the non-fiction book.
4. Ramadan Riddles: (Question Game) Continue developing Ramadan vocabulary and improve inference and comprehension skills with these picture and riddle cards.
5. Category Sorting: Sort photos of people (Muslims) and buildings (mosques) onto the sorting mats.
6. Is It Peaceful? Sort pictures of peace and non-peaceful behaviors. Use the cards to discuss strong emotions and role play alternative behaviors.
7. Phases of the Moon Chart: Learn about the phases of the moon
8. Phases of the Moon 3-Part Cards: Learn the vocabulary for the phases of the moon.
9. Ramadan Calendar Cards: Use as counting cards for a variety of counting activities, or use on your calendar. Also includes bank cards for tracking the phases of the moon.
10. Ramadan Counting Clip Cards: Count the pictures and clip the correct number.
11. Ramadan Size Sorting: Sort pictures by size.
12. Ramadan Cutting Strips & Lines: Multiple difficulty levels are provided. Cutting strips for beginners; cutting straight lines, wavy lines, zigzags, and corners, for more advanced users.
13. Matching Islamic Art and Calligraphy: Print two copies to make a visual matching activity. Or simply use as decor in your art area for inspiration.
14. Ramadan Shadow Matching: Match pictures to their silhouettes.
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