Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions to history, culture, and society. The different levels and classrooms at Princeton Montessori School found age-appropriate ways to recognize and honor women in history.
In the Primary Program, the teachers read to the students during circle time about influential women such as Maria Montessori, Greta Thunberg, and Malala Yousafzai. The classes also listened to female composers throughout the month.
The Lower Elementary students read the book Standing on Her Shoulders: A Celebration of Women by Monica Clark-Robinson. They had a class conversation about why there is a month to acknowledge women, and the students agreed that even though women haven’t always been treated fairly in the past in America, it is our job now to treat all people and genders with respect. Students met in small groups to research important women and wrote captions to summarize their contributions. Their captions, along with artwork depicting each woman, were displayed on the classroom bulletin board for all to enjoy.
Upper Elementary Students spent time in their weekly character development class researching historical women in history in honor of Women’s History Month. March honors the achievements and contributions of women throughout history. It provides a great opportunity to teach children about the role women have played and continue to play, in advancing art, science, math, law, education, and other fields. Students created a brochure documenting a particular woman’s achievements and presented it to their class.