Geography: (first circle)

Need for Lesson - Piece of bulletin board paper, magazines, scissors, glue sticks, and a small recycle bin(paper scraps).

Make a World Family Poster. Children cut out pictures from magazines of people and glue them onto the paper to make a mural of different people from all over the world. It is work choice that can stay on your wall until the end of the school year. Talk with the children about the continents and how we are ending our lessons on them by making a 'World Family' mural and having a special International Day.

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World Family Mural

Additional Work:

What is Your Language - This is the book that has the song we will be singing for the upcoming program. I thought I would just make a work with it, where the children can paint the continents and add a stamp on the continent paper of a child.

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Geography: (second circle)

Need for lesson - A globe, flag sample and plain white paper flags on dowels for children to make (home work), songs you would like to sing for the International Day.

Most Montessori schools, have a yearly celebration called an International Day, or International Children's Day.  I've experienced it at some schools in the beginning of the year and also at the end of the year. I personally prefer it at the end of the school year, after we have completed learning about each continent. I also like to call it International Children's Day. Most are celebrated with children dressing up in an outfit (teachers as well) to represent a country of their choosing or of where their family is from. Songs are sung and if you have the space for it, food can be included as well.

I decided to 'index file card' some of the songs I have had the children sing. I always like to do a song in Sign Language. I tried out a new one for last year and it was great! It really moved us to see the children sing/sign the song, "Like Me and You" by Raffi.

Prepare flags for the children using white card stock paper and a dowel. Children take these home and with their parents, they decide on a country they are going to dress up from and they color their flag that represents the country they've chosen. I have the children bring in their flags as soon as possible and keep them at school until the day chosen for your celebration.

Talk with the children about your celebration day. Let them know what to expect. Explain that we have visited all of the continents and now we want to celebrate and think about the children, just like them, all around the world.  Talk about inviting their families to come and hear them sing special songs and enjoy some food from other countries as well together. Discuss what the flags are all about and that you've written a note to parents so that they know what the flags are for too. Count how many days are left until the celebration that they have to practice the songs.  Have a parade through your school or in your neighborhood if safe and possible with the children all dressed up the morning of the celebration,  as they hold their flags. You could also have the children parade into the room where the parents are waiting for the celebration to begin. Children can enter and parade by them as they go to their places for the songs. Do what will work for classroom and school.

Make a program for the families who come to the celebration.

Some of the songs are those that have been around for a long time and some I've learned about through books or other teachers. In one song, "Hello to All the Children," I only have the children sing part of the entire song, so the card only has those verses. if you would like the complete song, it can be found online. The song, "What is Your Language" is from a children's book. I highly recommend you buy the book. It has the lyrics at the end of the book. The book names many different countries and how the word 'Yes' is said in different languages. I only choose about 5 or 6 to use during the program and on the card only four are listed. You can choose which ones you would like for the children to sing in your classroom.

Index File Cards

can be pasted onto an index file cards for quick reference


Geography 55 - International Day Song

The Continent Song

These are the continents,
These are the continents,
These are the continents of the world,
North America, South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia,
Don't forget Australia, don't forget Antarctica,
These are the continents of the world,
Now what do you think of that!

(During this song 7 children are chosen to hold up cut out continents on dowels, colored according to the Montessori Continent Globe)


 


Geography 56 - International Day Song

The Ocean Song

The oceans of the world are big and blue,
Remembering their name, that easy for you,
Pacific, Atlantic, Indian too,
Don't forget the Arctic, or we trick you

(can repeat)


 


Geography 57 - International Day Song

Hello to All the Children of the World by Nancy Klein

Hello, bon jour, buenos dias,
G'day, guten tag, konnichiwa,
Ciao, shalom, dobrey dyen,
Hello to all the children of the world!

We live in different places from all around the world,
We speak in many different ways,
Tho some things might be different,
We're children just the same,
And we all like to sing and play.

Hello, bon jour, buenos dias,
G'day, guten tag, konnichiwa,
Ciao, shalom, dobrey dyen,
Hello to all the children of the world!


 


Geography 58 -  International Day Song

What is Your Language by Debra Leventhal

What is your language, please tell me now,
My language is English, and this is the way it sounds,
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.

What is your language, please tell me now,
My language is Spanish, and this is the way it sounds,
Si, si, si, si, si, si, si, si, si.

What is your language, please tell me now,
My language is French, and this is way it sounds
Oui, oui, oui, oui, oui, oui, oui, oui.

What is your language, please tell me now,
My language is German, and this is the way it sounds,
Ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja, ja.


 


Geography 59 - International Day Song

Uno Dos Tres Amigos (Mexico)

Uno, dos, tres amigos,
Cuatro, cinco, seis amigos,
Siete, ocho, nueve amigos,
Diez amigos son

(can repeat)


 


Geography 60 - International Day Song

Kookaburra (Australia)

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,
Merry merry king of the bush is he,
Laugh kookaburra laugh, kookaburra,
How your life must be!

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,
Eating all the gum drops he can see,
Stop! kookaburra, Stop! Kookaburra,
Leave some there for me.


 


Geography 61 - International Day Song

Frere Jacques (France)

Frere Jacques, Frere Jacques,
Dormez vous, dormez vous
Sonnez les matines, sonnez les matines
Din, din, don, din, din don.

Are you sleeping, are you sleeping?
Brother John, brother John,
Morning bells are ringing, morning bells are ringing,
Ding, ding, dong, ding, ding, dong.

Frere Jacques, Frere Jacques,
Dormez vous, dormez vous
Sonnez les matines, sonnez les matines
Din, din, don, din, din don.


 


Geography 62 - International Day Song

Like Me and You by Raffi

Janet lives in England, Pierre lives in France,
Bonnie lives in Canada.
Ahmed lives in Egypt, Moshe lives in Israel,
Bruce lives in Australia.
Ching livesin China, Olga lives in Russia,
Ingrid lives in Germany.
Gita lives in India, Pablo lives in Spain,
Jose lives in Colombia.

(Chorus)
And each one is much like the another, a child of a mother and a father,
A very special son or daughter
A lot like me and you.

Koji livesin Japan, Nina lives in Chile,
Farida lives in Pakistan,
Zosia lives in Poland, Manuel livesin Brazil,
Maria livesin Italy

Kofi lives in Ghana, Rahim lives in Iran,
Rosa lives in Paraguay,
Meja lives in Kenya, Demetri lives in Greece,
Sue lives in America.

(Chorus Repeat)


I found a book with pictures of children around the world, cut them out, laminated them , and taped them to dowels. The children chose a  puppet if you will, that they would like to be in the song, and they held up the dowel when the name of their child on the stick was being sung about. Then we did the chorus in Sign-Language. It really is a beautiful song and this is the one that moved the parents the most!

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Children from Around the World

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"Like Me and You" Song

...Photos of Our International Children

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This little girl dressed to represent China. She is holding her flag on the dowel that they colored at home.

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This little girl represented Panama.

 

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Here we have Hawaii represented with a nice flag that she made.

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Ireland is represented by this little girl.

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We have Germany represented by this little girl.

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This little boy is from Mexico!

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This little girl is representing India, which is where her family is from.

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Here the children are making the sign for father during the Raffi song, "Like Me and You."

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This photo shows another part of the Sign-Language song we did by Raffi.

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I just love to observe how the children are very involved in the songs and enjoy participating in the program!