Practical Life

INTRODUCTION TO PRACTICAL LIFE
 
What is Practical Life?
 
Practical: means basic, useful, purposeful 
Life: means the way of living. 
Practical life is the exercises that teach a child how to do living activities in a purposeful way.
 
Meaning and Purpose of Practical Life
 
The purpose and aim of Practical Life is to help the child gain control in the coordination of his movement, and help the child to gain independence and adapt to his society. It is therefore important to “Teach teaching, not correcting” (Montessori) in order to allow the child to be a fully functional member in his own society. Practical Life Exercises also aid the growth and development of the child’s intellect and concentration and will in turn also help the child develop an orderly way of thinking.
 
Children are naturally interested in activities they have witnessed. Therefore, “Practical Life Exercises” allow the child to do activities of daily life and therefore adapt and orientate himself in his society.  It is therefore the Directress’s task to demonstrate the correct way of doing these Exercises in a way that allows the child to fully observe the movements. Montessori says, “If talking don’t move, if moving don’t talk”.
 
Montessori also saw the child’s need for order, repetition, and succession in movements. Practical Life Exercises also helps to aid the child to develop his coordination in movement, his balance and his gracefulness in his environment as well as his need to develop the power of being silent.
 

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