Practical Life Skills
The Practical Life area is the foundation of a Montessori Primary education. It includes materials for self-care, care of the environment, and grace and courtesy. Children typically choose to return to this area over and over, building their independence and concentration.
Children use these lessons to develop and refine their senses of sight, sound, touch, and smell. Mastering these lessons prepares children for the more abstract work in Math, Language, and Cultural Studies.
Children work with materials including sandpaper letters, metal insets, and the moveable alphabet, with each lesson further developing writing, reading, and expression skills.
Montessori observed that children have a natural ability to absorb math concepts, such as geometry, at an early age. Our classrooms provide developmentally appropriate work to encourage a student’s intrinsic knowledge of numbers and how they function.
These lessons include developmentally appropriate works in science, botany, zoology, geography and history.