Practical Life: The Skills of Daily Living
“The child can only develop fully by means of experience in his environment. We call such experience ‘work’.” ~ Dr. Maria Montessori
Practical Life is the first area that our children are exposed to when they first start their preschool journey with us in Nursery 1 or Nursery 2. It encompasses a series of activities (“work” as we call it) of everyday’s life from all aspects of life. The child observes and practices to accomplish these activities and gains knowledge and life skills through the real-world experiences in a purposeful way. Practical life activities provide the child a sense of being and belonging, sense of positive self–esteem knowing that he is capable to care for himself and others, develop concentration, coordination and at the same time prepare the child for reading and writing.
The activities of practical life revolve around four areas; Caring for the Self, Caring for the Environment, Grace & Courtesy and Movement of Objects. Practical Life activities are the cornerstone of the Montessori syllabus.