Parent Resource: Observing Holidays as Cultural Celebrations in the Montessori Environment

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“Sharing the holiday with other people, and feeling that you’re giving of yourself, gets you past all the commercialism.” ~Caroline Kennedy

Another great article provided by the North American Montessori Center, discussing the downfall of commercialism’s effect on holidays and how we need to foster a genuine interest and respect for all cultural celebrations in our children.–cultural-celebrations-montessori.html?m=1

Each holiday is a chance to celebrate different cultural rituals. Recognizing different holidays helps promote peace within our children and gives them a deeper appreciation for diverse cultures around the world. In Montessori, the term “holiday” often times refers to a cultural celebration rather than a time to focus on materialistic things.

“In the Montessori environment, celebrating holidays and festivals is an important and exciting study for the students that focuses on the tradition and rituals of celebrations.”

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