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Early Childhood – Practical Life Skills

Using child-sized Montessori materials in the practical life area, the children perform many types of purposeful activities, learning to care for themselves and contribute to the community, including:

  • Buttoning, snapping, zipping, and tying
  • Sweeping the floor
  • Washing the table
  • Chopping vegetables
  • Polishing

These sequential activities help  children:

  • Increase their concentration
  • Perfect their coordination
  • Control their movement
  • Pay attention to detail
  • Establish good working habits

These activities instill independence and confidence within children, laying the foundation for the more intricate academic activities introduced in the future. Practical life activities are important because they offer the child the opportunity to find his or her place in the community.