Historical Halloween is an exciting time in our community. It provides an opportunity for the children to connect with historical figures in a unique way that can inspire our children to make their own positive impacts on the world. It also marks the culmination of weeks of preparation in both the Primary and Elementary environments and gives the children an opportunity to share their work with friends and family.
Children in the Primary environment have spent the past several weeks reading books about explorers, scientists, and inventors and selecting someone they admire to dress up as. This has generated a lot of interest in astronauts, Albert Einstein, and Jane Goodall. At Historical Halloween, they shared with the audience who they are, and some spoke about the work their figure is most famous for.
For Primary children, Historical Halloween offers a strong foundation in reality and introduces them in a fun way to important historical figures. It also offers them an opportunity to dress up while still honoring their need for reality.
"Maria Montessori found that children up to age 6 need a very strong foundation in reality. They absorb their environment as a way to understand the world, and when fantasy and fairy tales are introduced too early, children can become confused about what is ‘real.' To a child under 6 years of age, everything is real as they try to make sense of our world."-iheartmontessori.wordpress.com.
The elementary children have spent the past several weeks preparing presentations for the Living Wax Museum. While each presentation was about two to three minutes long, it represented several hours of work. Elementary children have a need for heroes to look up to, whether mythical heroes or those recorded in history.
These projects allow the children to explore the nuances of what makes a hero while delving into research skills that are age appropriate. It was wonderful to see the diversity of characters and the enthusiasm that the children displayed in their work.
In the Montessori elementary environment, we talk of big “work.” Big work is the kind of work that expands consciousness beyond one’s own time and space. It’s material or verbal expression of the child’s studies of the universe, human civilization and the natural world. Our biography projects this past week were “big work.”
At Midtown Montessori, we are a community of children and adults who are committed to joyfully the doing the “big work” of learning, collaboration and making peace.
Midtown Montessori parent and Barefoot Book Distributor, Rebekah Gienapp, interviewed our co-founder and elementary guide, Faiqa Khan, a few weeks ago about Peace and Montessori. Click here to read the interview.
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