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Children watering plants, scootering, raking, using a brush and dust pan, using stepping stones, and shoveling.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education gives children the opportunity to enhance their equilibrium, gross motor and fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, observation skills, and to coordinate the whole body working together while developing independence. Planting, watering, weeding, sweeping, raking, and shoveling allow the child to feel productive in their community.

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Ayisha sitting near her flower planter on her deck

Spring Planting

Please click to watch the video of Ayisha planting petunias. What is your favourite colour?

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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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