Practical Life

The practical activities are the first activities the child is introduced to in the Montessori environment, because they can immediately begin to satisfy the young child’s inner desire for skills and self-sufficiency. They allow the child to try doing what adults do every day. These activities are designed to give the child real life experience and the tools should be real working tools, but should be child-sized. Each activity has it’s own place and all the items necessary for each activity are kept together. The child conducts the practical activities for the sake of working through their processes, rather than for the sake of their results. Later, the products of practical life activities become useful, as the children realise they are responsible for their own environment.