Dust, Sweep, Fold…Practical Life Skills

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“If we would but think of it, the carrying out of a practical life affords an abundance of exercise, and the gymnasium for perfecting one’s actions is the very environment in which he lives.” —Dr. Maria Montessori Let’s take a look at “Practical Life” so that you can get a better understanding of how these subject […]

Practical Life: Greeting a Person

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GREETING A PERSON Presentation 1. Tell your child that when someone new comes into the house, it is polite greet them by saying “hello” and shaking their hand. 2. Tell your child that you are going to practice greeting each other. 3. Explain to your child that when we greet someone, we should say: “Hello” and […]

Practical Life: Grace and Courtesy

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“The grace and dignity of their behavior and the ease of their movements are the corollaries to what they have gained through their own patient and laborious efforts. In a word they are ‘self-controlled,’ and to the extent that they are thus controlled they are free from the control of others.” —Dr. Maria Montessori An […]

Practical Life: Care of the Enviroment

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Taking Care of the Environment Practical life skills also encompass taking care of the environment, and exercises in this category include sweeping the floor, dusting, and mopping. Engaging in these activities not only promotes the development of motor skills and development, but it encourages children to be active helpers, respecting the space around them and […]

Practical Life: Pouring Water

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POURING WATER Materials: tray with a one-inch border (can be purchased at dollar store) three transparent cups glass pitcher sponge slip mat Note: the slip mat, sponge, and water should be the same color! This is advice straight from Maria Montessori, who found that same-color lesson objects are aesthetically pleasing to the child and will […]

Practical Life: Lacing Beads

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LACING BEADS Materials: large beads string knotted at one end (I like to tape the other end for a reference) basket Presentation: 1. Have your child carry the basket to the table. 2. Say to your child, “I will show you how to sting beads.” 3. With your left hand, remove the sting from the […]

Practical Life: Dry Pouring Lesson

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MUSICAL NOTE PASTA DRY POURING LESSON “The objects that are used for practical life have no scientific purpose. They are objects used where a child lives and which he sees employed in his own home, but they are especially made to a size that he can use.” —Dr. Maria Montessori Presentation 1. Carry the tray […]

Practical Life: Transfer Lesson

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TRANSFER OF FLAT MARBLES USING TONGS Materials two glass bowls flat marbles (about 30) tongs one tray shelf liner Shelley’s Money-Saving Tip: Please note that this and the following lesson were prepared for under $5! You can utilize the Montessori Method at home without going to much expense—I got the glasses, marbles, tongs, and tray from my […]

Practical Life: Unroll/Roll a Montessori Rug

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“The inward satisfaction of a child, whether as a guest at table or waiter or artist or student, consists in consciously doing what is right according to principles.”                    —Dr. Maria Montessori UNROLL/ROLL A MONTESSORI RUG Material  a rug Presentation  Unrolling 1. Prepare an area of your home to […]

Practical Life: Turning the Pages of a Book

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TURNING THE PAGES OF A BOOK     Material table chair hard cover book Presentation 1. Have a hardcover book placed on a table for your child. Place a chair for your child to sit on behind the table. 2. Invite your child over to the table with hardcover book. Have them stand on your left side. […]