In practical life, children develop independence and self-discipline over time by focusing their attention on meaningful activities that support good work habits, concentration, organization and higher order thinking. In a Montessori classroom, even very small children learn how to care for themselves learning skills such as dressing, eating and making material choices of interest. With meaningful repetition, fine motor skills, focus, sorting, ordering, and sequencing are mastered. Experiencing this kind of success at such an early age builds a positive self-image and attitude, making the next stage of learning easier to execute with confidence.
Practical life activities are the most creative, changeable and fun activities of the entire core Montessori curriculum. They are seasonally created by the teacher, usually color coded and are inviting to children ages 12-36 months, three to six (primary) and elementary.