Children love the holiday season. Not only because of the festivities and gift-giving, but because they enjoy participating in the holiday traditions that are focused on demonstrating gratitude, sharing fun experiences, and celebrating with family and friends.
Doing Merry Acts of Kindness
The holiday season inspires many thoughtful activities to engage your child and teach valuable life lessons. At Apple Montessori Schools, we think it’s a wonderful time to show children how to give joy by performing acts of kindness. We encourage children to show thoughtfulness in simple ways: write a happy note to a friend, give compliments, do something nice for someone, call a relative who lives far away, give hugs to family and friends, feed birds, or sing someone a holiday song. You’ll find more ideas on our Calendar of Kindness.
Sparking Imagination, Curiosity, and Excitement
Decorating: Spark your child’s creativity and let them help decorate your home, indoors and outdoors. Making simple door wreaths, creating tabletop displays, cutting paper snowflakes, making paper chain garland, and stringing cranberries and popcorn for Christmas trees are practical ways to stimulate resourcefulness and ingenuity while creating family traditions and memories.
Cooking: Children inherently want to help you and be a part of the action in the kitchen. From making holiday cookies to preparing meals, you can include your child in the experience. Cleaning, measuring, stirring, and prepping food ingredients incorporate a variety of motor, cognitive, and math skills. Let them do as much as they can do. As they progress, you’ll be building your child’s confidence, self-reliance, and independence in the kitchen and elsewhere.
Gift-giving: Making and wrapping presents is another fun way to include your child in the preparations for the holidays. Gather tissue paper, ribbons, gift boxes and bags to inspire your child to take part as a “happy elf” in the art of giving. You can also encourage your child to make handmade greeting cards and gifts. Keep all the art and crafts supplies they need on a tray or low shelf for easy access.
Practicing Good Manners: With so many social occasions at this time of year, children can feel overwhelmed and a bit anxious. That’s why Apple Montessori Schools focuses on Grace and Courtesy lessons at an early age. Teaching essential social skills that will benefit your child throughout life is equally as important as academics. Greeting people courteously, shaking hands, and looking at people in the eye are necessities for making good impressions and displaying valuable social and emotional skills. Saying “please, thank you, and you’re welcome,” go a long way in demonstrating respect and politeness. And, most importantly, being mindful of others’ feelings and circumstances help develop understanding and compassion for others. That’s a life lesson that will serve your child well for success and happiness personally and professionally in the future.
Celebrating the Season
At Apple Montessori Schools, we believe sharing and expressing gratitude is something we can do year-round for peace and joy within our families and communities. We give thanks to our students, families, teachers, and the people we serve. We wish you happiness, good health, and good cheer this holiday season and in the New Year.