A Princeton Montessori School education is grounded in the values of inclusion, peace education, and an appreciation for the diversity of our planet and population.
We believe our community is broadened, strengthened, and enlightened by diversity in all its forms—including thought, race, religion, identity, passions, and challenges. This belief is inherent in the values and principles of the Montessori philosophy.
During the spring months, many classrooms recognized and learned about various religious holidays that members of our community celebrate.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours, practice self-reflection, and give charity. The children in Primary have been learning about this observance and the celebration of Eid-al-Fitr, which marks the culmination of the month-long observance. Several parents also visited the classrooms and shared their families’ Ramadan and Eid traditions with the children!
Toddlers also learned about Ramadan. Children all over the world celebrate the beginning of Ramadan by singing, dancing, and sharing stories. They learned bout the holiday through books and art and created lanterns to represent the feast.
Two other spring holidays Toddler students learned about were Passover and Easter. Passover is a Jewish celebration of freedom. Each spring, in Jewish homes all around the world, families and friends gather together on the first two nights of the 8 day holiday and celebrate with a special ritual meal called a seder. Easter is the holiest day of the year for Christians. It celebrates their belief in the resurrection. It is celebrated with many traditions such as dying and hunting for eggs and the tale of the Easter bunny! Toddlers enjoyed spring work and colorful painting projects!