Muslims use Ramadan as a time to reflect, pray, and do good deeds while spending time with family and friends. This is very much in line with Montessori philosophy, and is a wonderful time to introduce activities and reading material to your students as part of culture and peace education studies.
Ramadan Activities and Reading for the Montessori ClassroomDuring this time, Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours. This fasting helps teach discipline, restraint, and generosity. Also, the fasting is meant to remind Muslims of those who are less fortunate and do not get to eat well. Many Muslims will read much, or all, of the Qur’an during Ramadan and attend services in Mosques that include readings of the Qur’an.
Once fasting is complete at the end of the month, the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast (Eid-ul-Fitr) takes place. This large celebration is observed by dressing in the finest cloths, children receiving gifts and continuing to spend time with family and friends. During this time, a donation is given to charity to help the poor buy clothes and food so they can celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr as well.
Ramadan Activities for the Montessori Classroom:
- Make Ramadan Fanoos (lantern), sing Ramadan songs, or create a Ramadan calendar chain: Children's Activities for the Month of Ramadan
- Make a sun catcher inspired by geometric shapes and the stained glass in Mosques
- My First Ramadan, by Karen Katz
- Fasting and Dates: A Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr Story, by Jonny Zucker and Jan Barger Cohen
- Ramadan (Rookie Read-About Holidays), by David F. Marx
- Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story, by Hena Khan and Julie Paschkis
- Ramadan, by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi and Omar Rayyan
- The Last Night of Ramadan, by Maissa Hamed and Mohamed El Wakil
- Ramadan (On My Own Holidays), by Susan L. Douglass and Jeni Reeves
- Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, by Deborah Heiligman
- Under the Ramadan Moon, by Sylvia Whitman and Sue Williams
- The White Nights of Ramadan, by Maha Addasi and Ned Gannon
- Ramadan Moon, by Na'ima B. Robert and Shirin Adl
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Friday, September 4, 2009.