Practical Life (Cycle one)

practical-lifeThe practical life element of the Montessori curriculum is the link between the child’s home environment and the classroom.

The child’s desire to seek order and independence finds expression through the use of a variety of materials and activities which support the development of fine motor skills and concentration.

The practical life materials involve the children in precise movements which encourage them to concentrate, to work at their own pace uninterrupted and to complete a cycle of work that typically results in feelings of satisfaction and confidence. Practical life encompasses four main areas:

  • Control of movement
  • Care of self
  • Care of the environment
  • Grace and courtesy.

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