Celebration of Life

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THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE
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A Beautiful Montessori Style Celebration of the Child

“The child is an enigma. All that we know is that he has the highest potentialities, but we do not know what he will be.” – Maria Montessori

Our Celebration of Life is a beautiful Montessori ceremony that takes place on a child’s birthday. A candle is used to represent the sun and a globe is used to represent the Earth. The child carries the earth and walks around the sun once for each year of his life. The children sing a special song and the teacher shares a photo and description of he’s accomplishments with each revolution around the sun. The children see the Celebration of Life as a recognition of their own accomplishments. This process is the child’s first experience for understanding the concepts of history, passage of time, and the relationship between the earth and sun. 

This is a beautiful celebration that all the children enjoy, with the focus being completely on the birthday child. This celebration is not meant to replace a birthday party that the child might have outside of school. As we celebrate many birthdays throughout the year, and many parents value our dedication to healthy diets, we do not celebrate with cakes, ice cream or goodie bags on these days. We do, however, welcome fruit, as children always love that.