Welcome back to the Montessori Materials Series for the Children's House Montessori Classroom. In this edition we are going to discuss the first area of the prepared environment that the children learn in the Montessori method of education: practical life. The Children’s House is designed for children between the ages of 2 ½ and 6 years. During this time, the children are given the chance to learn from each other while they play, to practice patience and compassion, to develop thoughtful leadership skills and team playing abilities.
What is Practical Life?
Practical Life activities are the essential everyday tasks that we are expected to perform as adults. Skills such as caring for yourself (personal hygiene and dressing); caring for your environment (cleaning and gardening); daily tasks (cooking and making work choices); grace and courtesy (interpersonal skills, apologies, complimenting, questioning and observing); and control of movement (appropriate body language and silence) are woven into the Montessori school day. Dr. Montessori uses these tasks to foster self-confidence, independence, concentration, self-control, and a love of learning. They are fundamental characteristics that children use to build the person they will become from the inside-out.