Math and language are important. But so is learning how to dress up in the morning and doing household chores. In real life, people have to cope with everyday home activities. It’s best for children to start learning practical skills while they are still young.
Along with academic pursuits, our Montessori preschool teaches children the value of practical life activities.
What Are Practical Life Activities?
Dr. Maria Montessori noticed that children prefer to do chores with adults rather than play with their toys. That’s why practical life activities are among the first lessons children will learn at Montessori.
Our Montessori daycare classroom at Blossoms Montessori School doesn’t look like a traditional one. There are no armchairs or desks that are perfectly lined up and facing the front. There are learning materials all over with large tables, chairs, and a large classroom to give children as much space as they need to learn, especially when it comes to real-life activities.
Practical life activities aim to make children independent. There are four basic practical life lessons: preliminary exercises, care for the environment, care for the person, as well as grace and courtesy.
At Montessori childcare, students are encouraged to learn basic activities that hone their fine motor skills for more challenging activities. Among the exercises are sorting through objects and stringing items. They are also taught to keep their things after use.
Every day, Blossoms prepares healthy snacks for children. As part of their lessons, they are taught to prepare their snacks by properly spooning food and pouring drinks.
Care for the Environment
Caring for the natural environment starts with caring for your surroundings. Children will learn the importance of keeping their environment clean. Activities include sweeping and dusting the classroom. Children are also encouraged to perform common household chores such as preparing their food, washing dirty dishes, and drying them after.
Care for the Person
Montessori aims to make children more independent. At a young age, they are taught to dress properly and tie their shoelaces. Children also learn to wash their hands regularly, especially after activities and before eating. They also receive lessons on nutrition.
Grace and Courtesy
Learning good manners prepares children for social settings. They are taught polite communication skills, table setting and manners, and basic considerate activities, such as walking slowly, moving furniture silently, and closing the door properly.
At Blossoms Montessori School, your children have the opportunity to not just engage in intellectual endeavors. They are also taught practical everyday skills that will serve them well and support their holistic development.
As a highly experienced Montessori educator with a coveted AMI credential from Association Montessori International, I have spent over 22 years helping children discover their full potential through an individualized approach to learning. Along the way, I have mentored and coached countless educators, equipping them with the tools and techniques to foster growth in their own students. In fact, I have trained over 65 teachers to date. Currently serving as a Director, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to every aspect of my work. Whether you are a parent seeking the best educational opportunities for your child or an educator looking to improve your own practice, I am confident that I can help you unlock your full potential.