The earth goes round the sun…

One of the ways that children in a Montessori preschool learn about history and the passage of time is through the birthday ritual known as the birthday walk. The aim of the ritual is to help children recognise how they have grown and changed since birth and why it is they have turned one year older.

The birthday flag hanging for Edie outside preschool today.
The birthday flag hanging for Edie outside preschool today.

A candle is placed in the centre of the circle to represent the sun in our universe. The birthday child carefully holds the class globe and begins the birthday walk around the sun. One walk around the circle represents one rotation of the Earth around the sun or the passing of one year.

Circle time with the sun candle.
Circle time with the sun candle.
Before beginning the walk, Mrs Bayliss shared a photo of Edie at four months old and we talked about what she was like as a baby.
Before beginning the walk, Mrs Bayliss shared a photo of Edie at four months old and we talked about what she was like as a baby.
Edie's first circuit around the sun.
Edie’s first circuit around the sun.

As the birthday child walks around the sun her classmates sing the birthday song: “The Earth goes round the sun, the Earth goes round the sun, it takes a whole year for the Earth to go round the sun.” After the first walk around the sun, Edie stopped and her teacher shared a photo of her at one year old and this was repeated after three more circuits of the sun, sharing photos of Edie at 2, 3 and 4 years old.

The photo Edie chose of herself as a four year old was one that was taken at her beloved Miss Sarah's wedding. Edie was wearing her polka dotted Flamenco dress - here she is demonstrating Flameco moves to her friends!
The photo Edie chose of herself as a four year old was one that was taken at her beloved Miss Sarah’s wedding. Edie was wearing her polka dotted Flamenco dress – here she is demonstrating Flameco moves to her friends!

At the end of Edie’s fifth circuit around the sun everyone sang Happy Birthday and she blew out the sun candle. Then it was time for the important part – cupcakes!

Happy Birthday Edie!
Happy Birthday Edie!
Dad did a great job helping to pass out the treats.
Dad did a great job helping to pass out the treats.
"Pink icing please Mum!"
“Pink icing please Mum!”

Earlier that morning, after she’d bounded out of bed, we gave gifts to our big five year old.

Check out my loot!
Check out my loot!
The super high Chuck Taylors that you may have noticed in the photos above were the biggest hit. Fortunately they have a long zip down one side.
The super high Chuck Taylors that you may have noticed in the photos above were the biggest hit. Fortunately they have a long zip down one side.

When I asked Olive a couple of weeks ago what she wanted to give to Edie she insisted that she didn’t just want to go to a toy shop and pick something, she wanted to make a gift for her sister. After much discussion she settled on a cupcake decorating kit. We bought a white box which Olive painstakingly decorated and then filled it with some icing tubes, cupcake sprinkles and sweets for decoration. Olive helped me bake vanilla cupcakes and these went into the box too. I was really proud of her efforts and Edie absolutely loved it.

Thank you Olive xxx
Thank you Olive xxx
All her own work.
All her own work.
Once school was over for the day, the girls got busy.
Once school was over for the day, the girls got busy.
Made with love :)
Made with love πŸ™‚

We ended the day with dinner at the Union Jack, our local English style restaurant and pub – Edie’s second choice for dinner after McDonald’s! Despite promising her dessert at the restaurant, our exhausted five year old asked to be taken home so she could blow out some candles on one of the cupcakes made for her by Olive.

Five year olds have so much more huff and puff!
Five year olds have so much more huff and puff!

It was a lovely day and for Richard and I as parents, it felt like a major milestone. We made sure to toast ourselves with a wee glass of bubbles over dinner. I’ll be back with another birthday instalment after the big party on Saturday afternoon – time to start planning the cake!

From that very special first birthday...
From that very special first birthday…
to a very special fifth...what a wonderful five years :)
to a very special fifth…what a wonderful five years πŸ™‚

8 Replies to “The earth goes round the sun…”

  1. Happy birthday, Edie! I love her teacher’s birthday celebration idea! Thanks for sharing it. Edie is truly blessed with so many signs of love from her family. Olive… you are so sweet! πŸ™‚

  2. Happy Birthday Edie with a big kiss from Amalya, Dia, Esther, Glib, Jawad, Luke, Rei, Saki and Yasemin too. We miss you!
    Olive you are a great big sister!

    1. Hello Miss Cynthia – Edie will be thrilled to hear from you. When I told her that Miss Sarah and Mrs Olga had sent her birthday wishes, the first words out of her mouth were “and Miss Cynthia too?” And a special thank you to all her lovely friends in KG2 for their birthday wishes. She misses you all and talks about you often. We loved looking at the pictures of the Kindergarten Christmas show and spotting all our old classmates πŸ™‚

  3. I send my early birthday wishes in this topic: Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in case you missed it. Won’t forget you Edie, don’t worry!
    Not a week goes by that we don’t think of the girls or mum (especially with PTA stuff and you not being there) and dad. You are all truly missed but it brings us so much joy to read how well you are doing. Keep going Croadies, you’re on the right track!

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