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Practical Life

The purpose and aim of the practical life activity is to assist the child in gaining control and coordination over their movements. The child will gain independence and adjust to society. Practical life exercises also assist with the growth and development of the child's intellect and concentration. This contributes towards developing an orderly way of thinking.

The exercise presentations can be divided into four groups or categories:
    • Elementary movement
    • Care of the person
    • Care of the environment
    • Grace and courtesy

    Practical life exercises and presentations are beautiful so the children are naturally drawn to work with them. As the child progresses from simple activities to ones requiring more dexterity and concentration, they gain self-confidence, independence, self-esteem and self-control. The child can choose to repeat any activity as often as desired with no pressure from time restrictions leading to the activity being mastered independently.


    Sensorial comes from the word "sense" or "senses". The materials in this environment focus on the senses, and experiences through these faculties. The material helps children develop and process intellectual abilities.

    Children experience ways to process the following:


    Each of the different materials is used to simulate and refine one of the sensory areas each will be presented to the child to be used in an exact way to aid his development. The child learns by experience working with the sensorial materials. The purpose of sensorial work is for the child to acquire a clear, conscious information and to be able to then make classifications in his/her environment.


    Through Practical Life and Sensorial activities the child is prepared for later mathematial work, when they develop the fundamental abilities necessary for higher level mathematical concepts of: •discrimination •gecognizing similarities and differences •constructing •comparin a pattern or series •finding relationships •understanding terminology Number concepts are an essential part of everyday life. Our environment is full of materials and lessons which inspire the children to fully develop their mathematical inds. They understand and master concepts before moving on in the Montessori area. The concept of quantity, symbol recognition, counting, hierarchical properties of the decial system, impressions of squaring and cubing, operations of addition, subtraction, mulitplication and division are developed through xtensive work with concrete material.


    The Language environment provides rich and precise language development through the use of hands on manipulatives that encourage the development of early reading and writing skills. At a young age shildren should never be forced to read and write, but the tools to do so are offered. When the tools are offered and shown, it can prepare and inspire many to read. This is the sensitive period in a childs life for knowing the names of everything, including the sounds of letters and for touching and feeling it. Letters made of sandpapers are offer, to trace with their fingers while saying the sound. Children are given opportunity to listen to true stories about known subjects, told with great expression. Part of the daily life of the class are: •songs •poems •thymes Basic skills in writing and reading are developed through the use of alphabet cut outs and various presentations allowing children to link sounds and letter symbols effortlessly. The child can express their thoughts through writing.


    The Cultural environment is an interdiscriplinary study of the life of man on earth throughout time and in all geographic regions. It includes the study of: •geopgraphy •science •history •music
    •art •botany •zoology ​This environment will assist eh child to become a fully developed individual adapted to his/her time, place and culture. The child gains an understanding of unity, of variety and of the inter-relationship of all things, both living and non-living.