A child's birthday is probably the single most important event in the whole year. Since this is unique to each individual, we feel that each child should share in the experience.
We encourage parents to bring a special snack for the birthday celebration. We gather as a group and present the child with a birthday crown which they can wear for the day and then take home to show their family. We then share a special birthday poem followed by singing "Happy Birthday" to the child. This is a special time that is centered around just the birthday child.
We have two fun filled days in December for the parents who have children attending Merced Montessori School.
First the parents who have children attending the "Big School" gather outside one morning to hear the children sing a few songs about the season and have a chance to visit among themselves.
While the children on the "Big School" are busy learning their new songs, the children at the "Little School" are busy making cookies in preparation for the cookie decorating party in which their parents are invited to attend and decorate Christmas cookies with their child.
Both days are a special chance to spend the children and make treasured memories.
The story has it that some travelers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty cooking pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food with the hungrytravelers. Then the travelers go to a stream and fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it and place it over the fire. One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what they are doing. The travelers answer by saying they are making stone soup which would taste better with some carrots. The villager does not mind parting with a few carrots to help them out, so that gets added to the soup. Soon another villager walks be inquiring about the pot and the travelers again mention their stone soup which tastes wonderful but would be better with some onions. The villager then hands them an onion. More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient. Finally, a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by all. Soup from a stone...Just imagine.
Every November we celebrate Thanksgiving with our own version of this folk story by having each one of the children bring in a different vegetable and the parents bring the extra food for a fun lunch to share with family and friends.
Merced Montessori then pays it forward and donates any extra soup to a local homeless shelter.
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