Practical Life: Closing a Book

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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 CLOSING A BOOK Materials table chair hardcover book Presentation 1. Have a hardcover opened book placed on a table for your child. Place a chair for […]

Practical Life: Opening a Book

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OPENING 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. 3. Say, “I want to […]

Practical Life: Carrying a Tray

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CARRYING A TRAY Material a table and a tray Material a table a tray Presentation 1. Begin this lesson by preparing an area in your home where there is a tray on a table. 2. Invite your child by saying, “I am going to give you a lesson on how to carry a tray.” 3. Stand behind […]

Practical Life: Sit and Stand from a Chair

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“Before a child reaches the age of three, the highest form of work and the most enabling that engages him is that of arranging furniture and putting things in order, and it is also the one that calls for the greatest activity.” — Dr. Maria Montessori SIT AND STAND FROM A CHAIR Material a chair Presentation: Sitting 1. Invite […]

Practical Life: Washing Hands with Soap and Water

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“Washing one’s hands becomes more attractive if one has to remember the exact place for the soap, and where the towel must be hung.” —Dr. Maria Montessori WASHING HANDS WITH SOAP AND WATER Materials a basin soap (in shapes, like seashells or water creatures) a pitcher of warm water bath towel hand towel lotion Presentation 1. Stand […]

Practical Life: Spreading Cream Cheese

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SPREADING STRAWBERRY CREAM CHEESE ON WHOLE WHEAT BREAD AND CUTTING WITH MUSICAL SHAPED COOKIE CUTTER Materials: tray one paper towel (folded into quarters) small paper plate plastic sandwich bag containing one slice of whole wheat bread one small cup (with lid) of strawberry cream cheese one musical themed spreader one musical themed (treble clef) cookie cutter […]

Practical Life: Cutting a Banana

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CUTTING A BANANA ON A GUITAR SHAPED CUTTING BOARD Materials: 1. Guitar shaped cutting board 2. Banana cut in half 3. Tray 4. Napkins (quarter size) 5. Spreading knife (musical themed) 6. Toothpicks 7. Small musical themed plate Presentation: 1. Say to the child, “I am going to show you how to cut a banana […]