These real life exercises are the beginning point of the Montessori environment. They will help children grow in independence, promote concentration and develop a spirit of friendliness and helpfulness.
Practical Life Exercises include many familiar objects – buttons, brushes, dishes, pitchers, water and many other things that the child recongnizes from his home experiences. Although the Practical Life Exercises may seem simple and commonplace, they are actually a very important part of the Montessori program. Each of the tasks helps a child to perfect his coordination so that he will be able to work later with the more intricate academic materials.