Are there any traditional Montessori celebrations to welcome summer? If not, anyone have any Montessori type ideas for preschoolers?
From what I recall, the summer solstice celebrations were a mix of age-appropriate scientific explanations about the solstice and some studies about the sun and the Earth and plant/animal growth and life cycles, as well as songs and games and stories about the sun.
The science involved things like demonstrations with a flashlight or a lamp and a model of the sun and the Earth. Students also often had started seedlings or had been working in the school garden at this time of year. For pre-schoolers, the science was pretty basic and understandable.
Solstice often bumped up against the end-of-school year celebrations, so there was often a picnic or party with lots of seasonal food.
Solstice crafts included things like making masks in the shape of the sun or sunflowers.
Thanks. I'm leading the summer solstice part of the end of year celebration for my daughter's class tomorrow. I actually included some age appropriate version of most of what you listed (3,4 & 5 yr olds). Was just wondering if there were any specific ceremony that I might have overlooked.
I don't recall anything, but I admit it's been a very long time since my kids were that age! The directress should be able to tell you any important things that should be included, especially if there is something traditional particular to that school.
Enjoy the celebration!
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