February is a short but busy month ……
By the way, our school turned ‘8’ yesterday and we did a Montessori style “Celebration of life” with the director, staff and primary students discussing important events from each year that our school has been in operation.
We then put on our party hats, sang “Happy birthday” and enjoyed some yummy cake. It was a lot of fun.
We celebrate Valentine’s day, Chinese New Year, President’s day in addition to our school’s Birthday this month.
In addition to Montessori works, we have books, do art projects, trace pictures at the light box and change up some Exercises of Practical life to mark these special days in February.
For Valentine’s day, we celebrate by having a “Kids Cookie exchange” in class.
How does this work?
Each child brings enough cookies from home to share , so each child in the class can get ‘1’.
Cookies are individually wrapped and ingredients/recipe is attached to it.
Most families enjoy making the cookies at home with their children and wrap them to send to school. Of course, they could be store-bought as well.
Children sit around the rug and very lovingly pass their cookies to all the friends in the class.
Children are welcome to bring valentine cards to share with their friends in addition to the cookies as well.
This event has been very popular at our school and our children/families look forward to it every year !!
I feel it is also a great lesson in ” Grace and Courtesy” – children get to practice sharing, say “Thank you” when they receive a cookie, practice sitting patiently at the rug waiting for their turn etc.
What do you all do to celebrate “Valentine’s day” at your school? Share below in the comments section.
Of all things, love is the most potent – Maria Montessori.