THREE VERY IMPORTANT AREAS MAKE UP PRACTICAL LIFE.

Posted on by Helena Eddings

IN EVERY MONTESSORI CLASSROOM THERE IS AN AREA THAT SPARKS THE MAGIC OF LEARNING.  THIS AREA GIVES CHILDREN THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS THAT LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR ALL LEARNING THAT IS TO COME.  THIS AREA IS CALLED PRACTICAL LIFE. IT IGNITES CONCENTRATION, WHICH IS THE REAL PURPOSE OF THIS HANDS-ON AREA.

  THREE VERY IMPORTANT AREAS MAKE UP PRACTICAL LIFE.

  1. PRELIMINARY SHELVES 

These shelves offer everyday activities such as pouring, spooning, stringing, tonging, twisting and folding.  These activities help every aspect of the development of order, concentration, coordination and independence.

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  1. CARE OF SELF

Activities on this shelf help children become independent and learn to care for themselves. A buttoning frame, which is often found in this area, directly teaches children how to button their clothes.  Indirectly, however, it promotes longer periods of concentration and strengthens their hand muscles, which in turn prepares them for handwriting.

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  1. CARE OF ENVIRONMENT 

Activities found on this shelf directly teach children how to care for and maintain their environment.  Some activities found in this area are table scrubbing, dish washing and cleaning up a spill. These activities are indirectly helping children develop a love for order, self- control, refining of movements and most importantly, they are enhancing their concentration.

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Another very important component to Practical life, which does not have a designated shelf, is called Grace and Courtesy.  Teachers are the biggest models of this as children learn by example.  This model display of good manners, empathy and grace, directly helps children build strong character traits of their own which indirectly builds their perseverance.  Perseverance is a trait much needed to be successful in a Montessori learning environment

PRACTICAL LIFE HAS REAL PURPOSE. IT IGNITES CONCENTRATION AND IT IS THE HEART AND SOUL OF EVERY MONTESSORI CLASSROOM AND IT IS THE FOUNDATION FOR ALL LEARNING.  

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West Side Montessori is an independent, accredited Montessori school educating children 13 months through 8th grade (preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school) with locations at 13587 Roachton Rd in Perrysburg, Ohio, and 7115 W. Bancroft Street in Toledo, Ohio.