Montessori Birthday Celebration

We’ve started our new school year celebrating Dani’s birthday Montessori style. The Montessori Birthday Celebration is a ritual where the child, holding a globe representing the earth, walks around the sun (a candle symbolizing the sun is placed in the center of the classroom). As the earth revolves around the sun and the child gets older, the parent shows the classmates pictures of her during each age period. The parent also talks about interesting facts or memories of the child. It goes like that until the rotations are complete and the child is in the present age. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any good pictures of our Montessori birthday celebration, but I want to publish some pictures of Dani’s timeline.

The timeline starts with Dani still in mommy’s tummy.

Here is Dani, the day she was born, still at the hospital…

… At about 1 year old.

… At age 2…

Just before turning 3 …

… and today, at age 4.

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As an extension for this activity, I intend to sit down with her and help her design the timeline herself in a long sheet of paper. This will help her with sequencing events and with the understanding of passage of time.

Making orange juice

This was a very pleasant activity for Dani. She had fun going through all the steps, and being able to drink it at the end was a real treat!

Squeezing...

Stirring...

Pouring...

I missed the chance to take her picture holding the cup and tasting her fresh, homemade juice. She had a big smile in her face… and was so proud!

Valentine’s Day

Here are some pictures of our practical life shelf, with some Valentine’s inspired activities.

Practical Life

Cutting...

Dani was very proud of herself when she was finally done. I got this idea from this blog.

Pouring...

Transferring...

Rubbing Hearts...

Scooping...

Clothespin

Our morning actually started with some special heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast.

Nico wasn’t very much into pancakes, but Dani just loved it! She ate every bite with lots of joy!

Little D's yummy pancake

yum-yum...

In the afternoon, we gathered with some of our homeschooling friends at the park. It was a very beautiful day.

The kids exchanged cards, decorated cookies with hearts and smiley faces… They sure had a great time!

And I can’t forget to mention the most delicious Valentine’s treat I’ve ever tasted: these homemade cake balls.

The white ones were lemon flavored. They were really amazing…

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