Lower Elementary Students at Montessori Tides School celebrated Halloween in a uniquely Montessori way. First, they chose a mathematician or scientist to study throughout the month of October. Then, they appeared in costume on Halloween to give first-person oral presentations on the person’s life and accomplishments for their fellow classmates, family, and friends. The assignment was to unlock at least three interesting facts about their person. Ms. Nancy was pleasantly surprised by her students’ enthusiastic research, as most presentations included more than three facts!
The event happens annually as a way to make history come to life and to enrich the learning experience of students. Each child undertakes research, writes a written report, and then practices public speaking as part of their historical character project. The students selected, among others, Maria Montessori, Leonardo De Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and Jane Goodall.
After giving class presentations, the children then paraded through the primary classrooms for the younger students. A few students introduce themselves as their selected person and share an interesting fact or two for the primary students.
These great narratives help children understand the relationships between the topics they study, and what impact these relationships have on the past, present and future conditions of our world. As the lesson unfolds, children realize people who have made a huge difference in our world are truly just ordinary people, such as themselves. Above all, these overviews help each child appreciate the achievements of past generations and realize they can make positive contributions to the world, too.