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Montessori in a Minute: Practical Life

The Montessori Practical Life Curriculum


Every Toddler and Primary Montessori classroom has a Practical Life area filled with everyday objects that captivate children and sometimes puzzle parents. Most adults think of school and automatically think of academic growth—ABCs and 123s. So what does pouring rice, learning to tie shoes, or tending to a garden have to do with scholastic fundamentals? The answer is… everything!

After children gain confidence in the preliminary activities, they are able to move on to independence-based self care activities. At this stage they work with items like dressing frames with buttons, zippers, and buckles to practice dressing themselves. These works take concentration, patience, and a lot of fine-muscle strength.

Toddler Practical Life

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Primary Practical Life

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