In Montessori education, cultural studies are crucial in shaping the child’s view of the world. Culture activities help students appreciate diverse cultures and increase their understanding of themselves and others.
Moreover, children learn about art, history, geography, and science through cultural activities. In this blog post, we’ll explore some fun and easy Montessori activities focusing on the Culture subject that teachers can implement in their classrooms.
Easy Montessori Activities for Culture
This is a great activity for preschool students. Place cultural items or artifacts in a bag. Let each student feel and guess the name of the object.
Once everyone has had a turn to guess, pull the object out so that everyone can see it. Say a little bit about it and let the students pass it around to get a closer look.
This activity is a great way for students to learn about different cultures. Each square on the bingo board contains a different cultural item such as a flag, a musical instrument, or a piece of clothing.
You can also add items that represent various countries. Make sure to provide a brief explanation of each item as you call it out.
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Invite students to bring food that is representative of their culture to share with the class. This activity is an excellent way to celebrate diversity and show appreciation for the cultures within the classroom community.
Encourage students to bring in a dish and write a short description of why the dish is significant to their culture. Remember to accommodate students with food allergies or if they cannot bring in food.
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“I Spy” Around the World
This activity helps students learn geography while also discussing different cultures around the world. Use a globe or map to show different parts of the world in geography centers.
Choose a specific location and have students identify cultural items or landmarks within that location. This activity may also take place in other center areas such as sensorial, math, or language.
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Musical Chairs with a cultural twist
In this activity, musical chairs are played to music from around the world. Before the music starts, give a brief explanation of the cultural background of the music and its origins.
Encourage students to learn about the cultures through music while enjoying the game.
Putting it All Together
Implementing cultural activities in the Montessori classroom can help broaden the children’s perspective and appreciation for different cultures. By exposing children to different traditions, foods, and norms, they learn to appreciate others’ differences while gaining new knowledge. As a Montessori teacher, combining educational concepts with children’s cultural origins is an important part of a child’s holistic learning and ensures a well-rounded experience, which can foster lifelong learning. These five easy cultural activities are a great start to introducing this topic to your students.
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