Reminding your Montessori Elementary Child about the Magic of the Holidays
The holiday season is a time of bustling activity at your Montessori elementary school. The seasons are changing, excitement is building and the time is right to remind kids about the magic of the season and why it is important to everyone.
Learning About Saint Nicolas
Montessori elementary school students will typically learn about the history behind Christmas at this time of year. The real Saint Nick lived during the 4th century and made a reputation for himself as a kind and giving person. And while he didn’t ride in a flying sleigh pulled by reindeer, he was so well known for his giving nature that he became the basis for the Santa Claus stories that is a centerpiece of the Christmas tradition today.
The Winter Solstice
Another aspect of the holiday season is the Winter solstice which occurs a few days before Christmas. The solstice is the shortest day of the year and has been observed and often celebrated by humans as far back as scientists have been able to trace our history. It is important that children learn about this astronomical event and the many ways it affects the world
Goodwill to All
This is the season when children should be reminded that we are all one human family. It is a time for friends and family to join together, enjoying good times and sharing with everyone they know. More than a time to receive gifts, it is a time for us all to give what we can to those we love as well as an opportunity to reach out to strangers in need who will benefit from kindness and goodwill.
The Montessori elementary school classroom is a perfect place for students to discover the many facets of the holiday season and how it is celebrated in cultures around the world. In a time when the true meaning of the season is easily lost in the barrage of commercial advertisement, reminding children of what it is really all about is an important part of a well-rounded education.