Practical LIfe

Practical Life activities are important to teach children to function in their own environment and find their place in their world and culture.  Practical life exercises include pouring, sorting, food preparation, care of self (hand washing), care of the environment (table setting, sweeping) and grace and courtesy lessons (saying excuse me, introducing oneself).  Practical life skills are the foundation of all areas in a Montessori environment.  All of the practical life activities are designed to be purposeful work that lead students to more complicated work.  Children refine their fine motor skills through the repetition of practical life exercises.  Practical life activities build concentration, coordination, order and independence.  Students love the practical life area because it enables them to do adult work in a child size environment.