BIRTHDAYS AT MADRONE
We celebrate birthdays at school during circle with song, pictures and stories about the child's life from their perspective. We use the image of a sun, earth and labeled months in print laid out around the sun. The child holds the earth and walks, circling the sun as many times are they are old. Each time around the sun the child stops on the month they were born to talk about a milestone achieved during that year. We sing Happy Birthday and clap in the number of times to match the age of the child. This celebration syncs with our study of history looking at yesterday, today and tomorrow. The focus on the calendar helps the child understand the year in comparison to the year they were born. Birthday's at Madrone are a time to reminisce and share gratitude for those around us, family, friends, light, song and food.