New School Montessori students in 1st-3rd grade spent a lot of time learning about family stories and important ancestors in their family’s history. Over the holiday breaks, they struck up conversations with their relatives and selected a person and a story to focus on and to create a presentation they would give to their classmates.
In November, as preparation, the teachers told students about the power of storytelling and the connection it creates in many cultures and traditions. One such event is El Dia de los Muertos where the lives of those who have passed on are celebrated and remembered. Students created their own alter (ofrenda) with photos and important items from their loved ones and later stood in front of the colorful remembrances as they honored their ancestors and family friends by sharing their stories.