Monday, October 31, 2022

4 Simple Montessori-Inspired Activities For Teaching Children About Thanksgiving

In a private kindergarten, every day is a good day to express gratitude and thankfulness. With Thanksgiving approaching, opportunities to learn about the holiday and the importance of being grateful for what we have will be everywhere you look, and children will enjoy participating in various activities centered around the season.

  1. Inclusion in Holiday Activities

The Thanksgiving season is a busy time for most of us, and Montessori kindergarten children may feel left out at times. It is fine to enjoy the company of relatives and visitors, but make sure your children get to be part of the experience. For many children, the holidays are the only time of year when they see some relatives, and children need to interact with them, learn about them, and get to know the diversity of the family. 

  1. Grace and Courtesy Activities

Social interaction is an important part of childhood development, and this time of year is perfect for practicing social skills. Grace and courtesy activities are central to the Montessori Method, including learning to address elders appropriately, ask politely, and show gratitude when it is deserved. Every day has opportunities for thankfulness, and thanksgiving is an excellent time to look for them.

  1. Fall Crafts

Engaging in fall crafting activities will keep your children entertained for hours. Making things to decorate for the holidays also helps children feel more like a part of the celebration, helps them work on fine motor skills, and helps them develop a broader vocabulary. Remember that your children want to see their work admired, and hang artwork and decorations at a level that makes it available to children as well as adults.

  1. Practical Life Experience

Helping with tasks such as setting the table, helping cut or measure, and serving refreshments teach vital practical skills that will benefit children throughout their lives. It may be a treat to lick the mixing spoon, but it is an honor to be allowed to participate in preparing the recipe. Given the opportunity, kindergartners will be thrilled to measure and pour and mix ingredients along with you.

You do not have to wait for a holiday to practice the tenets of grace and courtesy. Try helping your children keep a daily journal of events and reasons to be grateful, and discuss them regularly. When your child sees that her experiences are important to you, she will be more willing to share them with you, and eager to receive the praise that comes from great behavior.

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