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





hardcover book


1. Have a hardcover opened 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 give you a lesson on how to close a book.”

4. Pull out the chair and sit in the chair as demonstrated in the “Sitting on a Chair Lesson.”

5. Ideally, at this point, your child is standing on your left side next to you.

6. With the opened book in front of you keep your right hand on your lap.

7. Using your left thumb, slide it under the top left corner of the opened book cover.

8. Slowly place the other four fingers under the opened book cover.

9. Slide the hand to the middle of the book cover while rotating the wrist so that the fingers are pointed toward top of the book.

10. When the book cover is at a 45-degree angle slowly take your right hand and place it on the inside cover of the book. The hands are “mirroring” each other.

11. Slowly move both hands to the right (closing book further) until your right hand is on top on the first page of the book.

12. Slowly remove your right hand and place it on your lap.

13. Slowly remove your left hand and place it on your lap.

14. Say to your child, “I have closed the book.”

Purpose: Direct

Care of the environment: The child becomes aware of how to be gentle with books and is helped to respect his or her environment.

Purpose: Indirect

Coordination and carefulness in movements.

Points of Interests

Where to place your fingers when you are opening and closing a book.


2 1⁄2 to 3 1⁄2 years old