Birthdays are celebrated in a very unique and special way in Montessori.
I prefer to do the celebration of life around 8:15-8:30 am which is the least disruptive to the Montessori work cycle.
Sample Format of the email to send out to the parents
(at least 3-4 weeks before to give parents enough time to plan their work schedule/take time off to attend the celebration)
Hello child’s Mom’s name & child’s Dad’s name,
Child’s name’s birthday is coming up next month and We would like to mark this special day by having her “Celebration of Life” in our community.
Please let me know if Tuesday, Dec 19th at 8: 30 am would work for child’s name’s celebration of Life.
It usually lasts about 10 minutes. Parents and Family are welcome to attend.
Things required for the celebration: Poster with Birthday child’s pictures( atleast one for each year).
We will make muffins in class to celebrate the special occasion.
You are welcome to bring fruits to complement the muffins.
Procedure for the celebration of life
”Here we go round the sun , here we go round the sun , until the year is done. Now the child is ‘1’ .
Pause and ask parents what child did when he/she was ‘1’.
Continue until child’s age is Reached.
Have child blow out the candles , then clap and sing “ Happy birthday” to the child.
Have other children in the classroom sitting at the rug to either give the birthday child a hug, shake hands gently or say “ Happy Birthday”.
Encourage all children, teachers and birthday child’s family to do the same.
Then birthday child walks around the rug with birthday poster in hand to show his/her friends the pictures.
Let parents know that we will keep the poster in class so child can talk about the pictures with other children.
Let birthday child pick a couple of friends to make muffins in class. Enjoy muffins for snack/lunch that day.
Birthday book: https://www.amazon.com/Day-You-Were-Born/dp/015205944X
Celebration sun: https://wasecabiomes.org/products/celebration-sun?variant=276842300
How are some ways that you celebrate a child’s birthday in your classroom – Share in comments below ….