Montessori Practical Life Materials - Scope and Sequence

Most children are passionately interested in practical life activities because the activities respond to all the sensitive periods (important periods of childhood development). Practical life activities build a foundation on which the children will grow and carry over into the other areas of the classroom. The Montessori Practical Life exercises respond to the need for:
  • Order of activities (sequences, routine, hierarchy, a cycle or full rotation of an activity)
  • Movement. All practical life activities involve great movements that are varied and attractive. The variety of movements help the child's self-awareness within the environment and increase the child's acquisition of intelligent movement.
  • Sensorial exploration (sights, sounds, smells, and eventually language).
  • Needs and tendencies are responded to, to help the children adapt so that they can actively participate and grown within their environment.
  • A child's love of work. Practical life activities feed their natural desire to work and play an active role in their environment.

Practical Life Materials Lead To:

1.  Construction and integration of the child’s personality through their freedom of choice, and through the variety of their choices. Freedom of choice is necessary for the healthy development of the will.

2.  Spontaneous purposeful activity ... Read the entire article.

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  • 10/17/2010 5:23 PM Stephanie Conrad wrote:
    Thank you for a comprehensive and thoughtful look at practical life. It was a timely article for me as well. We are planning some parent education around the practical life area. Could I use your posting-giving you full credit of course?
    1. 10/17/2010 5:26 PM Montessori Print Shop wrote:
      Hello Stephanie, you're very welcome to use our post! Practical life is one area of the classroom that parents CAN do something about at home. It's the perfect topic for a parent education session. Best of luck!
  • 10/17/2010 7:25 PM Julie wrote:
    Our blog has many ideas for practical life as well. Just look under the practical life tag on the right sidebar. There are also lots of other Montessori activities in it.
    1. 10/17/2010 7:31 PM Montessori Print Shop wrote:
      Thank you for the link. You do have many terrific ideas! I know many people will benefit from your blog - we plan on including it in a write-up on homeschooling. Thanks again!
  • 10/18/2010 8:38 AM Counting Coconuts wrote:
    What an extremely helpful and informative post! So good of you to share this with everyone - it really makes Montessori that much more accessible.

    Thanks very much for linking back to my blog, too! I'm honored!
    1. 3/15/2011 12:37 PM Sippy Cup Central Mom wrote:
      What an informative post. Thank-you for presenting this material in such a lovely way. Karen

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