Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Golden Week in Japan: Culture Study and Community Service Activities in the Montessori Classroom

NAMC montessori classroom activities golden week japan culture study community service folding cranes
The Golden Week includes four national Japanese holidays and two weekends. It becomes a very busy time in Japan when Showa Day, Constitution Day, Greenery Day, and Children’s Day (Kodomono-hi) are all celebrated. This year the weekends are not as well placed as usual, but Showa Day is April 29th, Constitution Day is May 3rd, Greenery Day is May 4th, and Children’s Day is May 5th.

A look at The Golden Week in Japan provides a special opportunity for geography and cultural activities in the Montessori classroom, while also encouraging the possibility of service and philanthropy for your students.

The Golden Week in Japan: Culture Study and Community Service Activities in the Montessori Classroom

Showa Day celebrates the birthday of former Emperor Showa. Constitution Day celebrates the day in 1947 that the new (post WW2) constitution was implemented. Greenery Day honors nature and the environment. On Children’s Day families pray for their sons’ health and success (a special day for daughters is held annually on March 3).

While your Montessori students explore the geography and culture of Japan, you can open your discussion with the recent natural disasters that have affected Japan, its people, and the world. You may have already discussed this with your students and/or they may have already heard about the events. Learn more about how people around the world are extending their help and support to the Japanese at this time of need.

As an extension to your exploration of The Golden Week, encourage your Montessori students to plan and organize a Showa Day, Constitution Day, Greenery Day, or Children’s Day celebration of their own. They can begin with researching customs that are part of the Japanese celebration and finding ways to incorporate themes and ideas into their own events.

If your students decide that they would like to help the people of Japan, parents and the administration of your Montessori school may be invited and encouraged to participate in the celebration with a small donation. At the event, your students could serve food they have made that is inspired by Japan. Donations could be accepted for the food to further your students' goal to contribute to the Japan relief effort. Students could also create artwork inspired by Japanese culture or the customs of The Golden Week holidays (for instance, the samurai dolls of Children’s Day, paper lanterns or a mobile of origami) and then auction off the art in a silent auction.
Related NAMC blogs:
NAMC montessori classroom activities golden week japan culture study community service culture and science manuals The NAMC 3-6 Culture & Science teaching manual provides a rich curriculum for exploring our natural world and its history, and our place in this amazing universe.
    As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community.
    © North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Thursday, April 28, 2011.

    0 comments:

    Post a Comment

    Have questions or comments? Let us know what you thought about this article!

    We appreciate feedback and love to discuss with our readers further.

    NAMC Blog Inquiries Contact Form

    Name

    Email *

    Message *

    Search the NAMC Montessori Teacher Training Blog

    Are you interested in reading back through NAMC's blog articles from years gone by, or for more information on a specific topic?

    Browse a select list of our most popular categories below; by clicking on one, you will see every article posted under that topic since 2007. You may also use the lower archive menu to select a year and month, displaying all blog posts in the chosen time frame.

    If you are seeking a range of information on a certain topic or idea, try this search box for site-wide keyword results.

    Choose From a List of Popular Article Topics

    NAMC Montessori Series

    Montessori Philosophy and Methodology

    Montessori Classroom Management

    The School Year

    Montessori Materials

    Montessori Curriculum

    Montessori Infant/Toddler (0–3) Program

    Montessori Early Childhood (3–6) Program

    Montessori Elementary (6–12) Programs

    What is Montessori?

    Search Archives for Montessori Blog Posts by Date


    Thank you to the NAMC Montessori community!

    This year marks NAMC’s 20th anniversary of providing quality Montessori distance training and curriculum development to Montessorians around the globe. Since we began in 1996, we have grown to build a fantastic community of students, graduates, and schools in over 120 countries. We are grateful for your continued support and dedication to furthering the reach and success of the Montessori method. Thank you for sharing this amazing milestone with us!