The Importance of the Montessori Practical Life Area
It can be
a challenge to explain to parents the importance of the Practical Life
lessons. There are so many facets of this area that are often overlooked
or under valued. It's not until a child struggles in the other areas
of the Montessori environment that the origins of the struggle can
often be traced back to the lack of experience in Practical Life.
wrote about the Practical Life area here and how it responds to the needs of the young child. It's
helpful to review the theory behind the Practical Life lessons so that
you can bring new life to this area of your classroom. New P.L
lessons spark interest and can be a breath of fresh air to an area that
I've sat through many discussions (and answered many
emails) with lower elementary Montessori teachers who are struggling to
normalize their classrooms in the beginning of the year and well
beyond. They're finding that some children who have transferred from
other schools (sometimes Montessori, sometimes not), or have moved up
from the Casa, are struggling. The most common behaviors I've heard from
these teachers are: loud, clumsy, unorganized, and lack focus. More
often than not, they are children who lack the exposure to the Practical
Unfortunately, it's not possible to go back and
redo those valuable Practical Life experiences because the children
have already passed through those sensitive periods.
If you are with
primary aged children please do not overlook the Practical Life area!
The possibilities of the Practical Life lessons are only limited by your
own imagination. Under our Montessori Resources section, we've listed some Montessori Blogs ... check out the blogs
for a huge variety of Practical Life lessons. These wonderful bloggers
have included lots of pictures and ideas.
We'd like to share with
you a blog post written by a Montessori teacher who is currently in the
classroom. Her post, "The Significance of Practical Life", is very
well written, includes some good pictures, and serves as a reminder to
us all: Practical Life is the foundation of Montessori.
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