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Importance of 'Practical Life' activities

posted Aug 8, 2017, 7:23 AM by GV Montessori   [ updated Aug 8, 2017, 7:26 AM ]

Practical life area and activities lay the foundation for the child’s introduction to school, providing a link between home and school. Many of the practical life activities are tasks that a child will see done daily in his/her own home, thus easing the transition to school. In the Montessori classroom, a child is able to perform the same activities he/she has seen adults do at home, using child size tools.

The direct aim of practical life activities is to assist the child in developing social skills and personal independence. The goal is to also develop the child’s gross and fine motor movement, which involves the body, intellect and will.

All practical life activities are unique, purposeful, and calming. They appear very simple and repetitive. When a child waters a plant or pours colored water from one jar to another he/she is, in fact, accomplishing much more like:

  • A high level of concentration
  • Developing a sense of order; putting material where they belong
  • Pride in his/her work
  • Taking responsibility for all cleaning
  • Respect for the environment
  • The development of gross and fine motor movement.

Engaging your child in the activities at home will help your child develop strong self-esteem and will also stimulate inner motivations. Choose an activity in which your child can easily perceive  his/her own contributions, such as cleaning after dinner, helping with the dishes, raking leaves, serving food, setting tables and etc. Our goal as parents and teachers is to raise children with strong foundation skills and work habits that one day it will enable them to be responsible and self-disciplined.

“The environment should reveal the child, not mold him” - Maria Montessori