While not a particularly popular celebration in the United States, May Day (May 1) is celebrated throughout the world. With origins dating back to the Druids, May 1 was thought to be the 2nd most important holiday of the year. Then called the feast of Beltane, it was believed to be the day marking the passage of half of the year. Mark the event with May Day themed Montessori curriculum activities in your classroom!
May Day Curriculum Activities for the Montessori ClassroomWith the coming of the Romans, their celebration of Flora, the goddess of flowers, was added to the Druid May Day festival. May Day celebrants in the Middle Ages erected Maypoles in towns and villages, and permanent ones were erected in the larger cities such as London. Rising at dawn, English celebrants gathered fresh flowers with which to decorate the Maypole, then spent the day singing and dancing around it. The Puritans, however, frowned upon the festivities, calling them pagan, and the practice was highly discouraged.
There are several ways to incorporate May Day into your Montessori classroom lessons.
- Physical Geography – the study of the change of seasons
- Botany – parts of the tree (Druids) and flowers (Romans)
- Cultural Geography – Fundamental Needs of Humans, ancient religions, historical Time Periods and timelines, months of the year, celebrations throughout the year.
- Health Sciences – creative movement and dance
- Language – research reports, creative writing
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Wednesday, April 22, 2009.