Practical Life

These practical 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.

Life Exercises include many familiar objects – buttons, brushes, dishes, pitchers, water and many other things that the child recognizes 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.

Practical Life Activities fall into three categories:

  1. Manipulative Skills: a child begins pouring, carrying containers/books and sorting
  2. Self-Development Skills: a child learns social graces, courtesy and personal care
  3. Caring for the Environment: children learn to care for the environment by sweeping, washing, dusting and polishing.

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