Welcome to our collection of Montessori Practical Life posts.
Here you will find Practical Life lessons, ideas for how to involve children in everyday practical life experiences (in a developmentally appropriate way), and some background as to why and how Practical Life is used and emphasized in the Montessori Method.
Practical life is more than just giving children skills that they will use in their everyday tasks — it’s about building a sense of order and the habit of completing processes and steps in our work, which helps with later learning.
Practical Life tasks help develop fine motor and gross motor muscles and capabilities, while also giving children a sense of pride in a job well done. And, they draw children into the world of Montessori learning.
A quick introduction to the basics (and ease) of Practical Life Lessons can be found here.
We also often work practical life invitations into our unit studies.
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The majority of our Practical Life Posts are written by the amazing Beth Holley from A Montessori Lexicon.
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Practical Life Lessons:
Click on any of the images below to be taken to the corresponding Montessori Practical Life lesson: