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Celebration of Life

Montessori Celebration of Life (Birthday Celebration)

Everyone wants to be remembered and cherished on the special day that they were born.

In our family we talk about the journey from their birth to the present day. We walk down memory lane with photos, funny stories, and wonderful memories. We let the birthday child know how cherished they are, and how our life and world is better because they were born in to our family.

We always complete the celebration with either a homemade cake or cupcake tree that suits the celebration.

A cupcake tree is a great solution for individual cakes for a Montessori Celebration of Life.

The same kind of celebration can happen in a Montessori classroom! Children love sharing the story of their life, and with the help of their parents this is possible.

Many Montessori schools use some form of a sun, the months, a candle, and a globe to help show the passage of time and the growth of the child from birth to this birthday celebration.

The passage of time and growth of the child are shown concretely with a walk around the sun.

Photo from Parts of Wonder Blog


In preparation of this celebration, the parents of the birthday child are asked to bring in a picture of each year of the child's life, and write a short life story to accompany the pictures. We have a sample of a life story that you can download. We found this sample life story many years ago - but we're unable to recall where we found it and if we made any alterations! If you know the original author, please let us know so that we can give proper credit.


Birthday Walk around the Sun

All of the children make a large circle around the sun that has been placed on the floor.  The birthday child stands beside the label that has their birth month on it. The parent or teacher lights the candle to signify the moment the child was born. They then begin reading the life story up until the age of one. At which point, the birthday child begins the journey walking (slowly) around the sun 1 time, with the globe in their hands - stopping when they reach their birth month again. While the birthday child walks, the children in the outer circle sing (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell):

The earth goes around the sun,
The earth goes around the sun,
The earth goes around the sun,
and then __________ (insert child's name) was 1!

The reading of the life story continue until the age of two. The birthday child begins to walk around the sun again, and the children in the circle repeat singing the verse, changing the ending to '2'.

This continues on until the child's life story is complete.

Then to complete the celebration the following can be sung to the birthday child (to the tune of Happy Birthday):

We celebrate your birth,
And your place on the Earth,
May the sun, moon, and stars,
Bring you peace where you are!

There are lots of variations to the above celebration that can be used in a school setting. On a more personal note, many families use a Waldorf inspired Birthday Ring ... which makes a beautiful celebration for a child and their family.

A Waldorf inspired Birthday Ring is often found in Montessori homes.
Photo from Waldorf Mama


A variation on the Waldorf Birthday Ring - a lovely family celebration!
Photo from My Child's Diary Blog


Birthday Ring to celebrate the growth and beauty of a child's years.
Photo from Chasing Cheerios

A beautiful wooden birthday ring to celebrate a child's birthday.
Photo from Pure Mothers