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Children pulling weeds, cleaning toys and windows, planting, and watering flowers.

Montessori Outdoor Practical Life

Montessori Outdoor Practical Life activities allow a child to participate in keeping our environment beautiful and well maintained, and to feel like an active participant in their community. These activities can include cleaning, collecting yard waste, planting, watering, and tidying up our materials.

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Children scooping, tonging, pouring, whisking, using a button dressing frame, and sewing.

Practical Life Includes Refinement of Movement

Montessori Practical life activities include preliminary exercises to refine movement. The development of these skills aids in every day activities such as cooking, serving, pouring, dressing, sewing, and so on.

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Children working with plants, arranging flowers, washing dishes and a table, sweeping, and polishing wood.

How Does Practical Life Help?

Montessori Practical life skills allow the young child to develop motor control, self-confidence, the ability to think outside the self, empathy for others and a feeling of being productive and belonging to the community.

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Children stirring, serving food, pouring milk, and using a sweeper and dustpan.

What is Practical Life?

Montessori Practical Life activities can include caring for ourselves, cooking, serving food, pouring drinks, cleaning a spill, washing a window, cleaning a table, polishing a mirror, dusting, sweeping, mopping, arranging fresh flowers, planting, watering plants, raking, shoveling, cleaning yard waste, and so on.

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A vase with large pink flowers.

Practical Life

Montessori Practical life activities are opportunities for children to participate in and contribute to their community. These skills involve care of the self, care of the indoor and outdoor environment, grace and courtesy, and control of movement.

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Children working with dowels and rings, sorting 3 objects, pegs and numbered board, and a division board.

Mathematical Mind

Math is a life-long skill that children absorb as they grasp objects and start to notice patterns and sequences. The children can count pegs, coloured rings, vehicles, and so on; do a variety of dowel activities; sort objects; notice pairs, and start to quantify objects. This preliminary work builds the logical mathematical mind that is… Read more »

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Children working on puzzles, sorting 4 objects, and 5 dowels with rings.

More Refinement

Refinement of movement activities such as scooping, tonging, dowels with rings, shape sorters, and puzzles aid a child in concentration, growth and independence.

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Children using a shape sorter, 3 dowels with rings, lacing beads, and sorting 3 objects

Refinement of Movement

Montessori Refinement of Movement materials help children to refine small movements of the hand; to exercise and develop hand-eye coordination; and to coordinate two hands working together.

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A beach, mountain, and ocean surf

Wisdom from Thomas Berry

In reality, there is a single integral community of the Earth that includes all it’s component members whether human or other than human.  In this community, every being has it’s own role to fulfill, it’s own dignity, it’s own inner spontaneity.  Every being has it’s own voice. Every being declares itself to the entire universe…. Read more »

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