Montessori: Practical Life
Children are naturally interested in activities they have witnessed; these can be things like, cooking, cleaning and gardening. Therefore in our classroom we provide activities to support these areas of learning.
The purpose and aim of Practical Life is to help the child gain control in the coordination of his movement, gross and fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordination. This helps the child to gain independence. Practical Life Exercises also aid the growth and development of the child’s intellect and concentration; in turn this helps the child develop an orderly way of thinking.
Getting Children's Interest
Because Practical Life Exercises are meant to resemble everyday activities, it
is important that all materials be familiar, real, and functional. The materials must also be related to the child’s interests In order to allow the child to fully understand the activity it is
important to allow them to complete the task in their own time
The attractiveness is also of utmost importance as Montessori believed that the child must be offered what is most beautiful and pleasing to the eye so as to help the child enter into a “more refined and subtle world”.