Holly Brook Montessori

Practical Life

Children love to do activities which help them to take care of themselves. Often we hear “I can do it myself”. It is the function of the adult to show the child how to do things within the limits of their abilities. Shoe polishing, sweeping, table washing, buttoning, and pouring seem like mundane activities, but this practical work, repeated many times, helps children develop coordination, concentration and the ability to pay attention. No learning takes place without concentration and attention. This is why many scholars consider Practical Life the most important of all the Montessori exercises.

Daily living activities provides work to the child in a prepared and orderly environment, and builds the foundation for future cognitive and muscle development. Practical Life cultivates independence and order. These principles are ones we use for the rest of our lives and come natural to the child as long as we do not interfere and that we allow him to repeat as many times as he wishes.