This year you can celebrate Independence Day (see links below for ideas) and use this national holiday as a springboard for exploring Independence Days and National Days in other countries with your Montessori students and children. With Independence Day as a theme, you and your Montessori students can have a whirlwind tour of the globe and world history.
Independence Day and Cosmic Education Activities for the Montessori ClassroomDepending on the age of your Montessori students, you can provide students with a list of countries to choose from for research. For younger students, you can provide the basic information of the national holiday for a specific country. Another option is to share information during a group circle time and then discuss, compare, and contrast together. See the links below for ideas, and incorporate cultural geography, history language arts and visual arts into your discovery and exploration.
Challenge your students to create a visual of Independence Days throughout the world. A student may choose to create a globe or label a commercially-made globe with each country’s celebration date. Elementary Montessori students may want to create a large timeline that shows the significant events attached to all of the world’s days of independence and nationality. Another option is a concept map or visual organizer that shows the connections between different countries’ celebrations. All physical renderings of your study can be displayed in your Montessori classroom.
Many books are available on specific countries histories and holidays. This study can lead to very interesting discussions about patriotism and national pride.
Celebrating your own Independence Day in the context of global citizenship is a great way to nurture Montessori Cosmic Education and Peace into your child’s learning. Happy Fourth of July!
Here are a few websites that offer information about Independence Days around the world. Feel free to find your own by searching the internet, or visiting your local library.
- Exploring North American Independence in the Montessori Classroom
- Fourth of July Celebrations
- Celebrating American Independence Day
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Thursday, June 24, 2010.