That’s why Dr. Montessori introduced “Practical Life Exercises,” allowing children to do activities of daily life with materials sized just for them. What better way to help children experience the pride of “doing it myself?”
These tasks include:
- Pouring liquids without spilling
- Putting materials away when finished
- Use of tweezers, tongs, eyedroppers, and locks
- Flower arranging
- Dusting, polishing and wiping (children love shaving cream!)
- Folding napkins
- Stringing necklaces
Just to name a few.
One of the first goals of Pinewoods Montessori is to develop in the very young child a strong and realistic sense of independence and self-reliance. Practical life begins as soon as your child enters the school and continues throughout the curriculum to more and more advanced tasks appropriate when he or she is older.