“Any child who is self-sufficient, who can tie his shoes, dress or undress himself, reflects in his joy and sense of achievement the image of human dignity, which is derived from a sense of independence.” Maria Montessori
Practical Life exercises can be considered the heart and soul of the Montessori method. Everyday activities such as folding, dressing, spooning, pouring, cleaning, prepare the child for the next stage, the Sensorial Area.
The exercises are seemingly common activities which adults take for granted, yet the child delights in practicing, thus developing gross motor and coordination skills, independence, and self-esteem. Practical Life exercises fall into four categories: