Practical Life activities are also known as the Activities of Everyday Living
Jenny from Sunshine teacher’s training, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Viewing time: 7 minutes
This video is of a class in a Teacher training college. Jenny is explaining the principles behind the Montessori Practical Life materials to student teachers. She explains how low level shelves enable children to choose activities themselves. On the shelves the activities are arranged in order of difficulty. The materials should be complete otherwise children will become distracted trying to find missing items. Material should be real items that could be found in anyone’s home.
Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sq0tlJTxuac
MONTESSORI AT HOME: Practical Life for Toddlers
Ashley, Montessori at Home, Denver Colorado, USA
Viewing time: 10 minutes
Ashley has a 22 month old child. Children can start Rushmore House Montessori and Orpington Montessori preschool after their second birthday, only a couple of months older than Ashley’s child. Ashley tells us that Practical Life activities are the easiest to do because they do not involve special equipment, you just involve your child with whatever you do around the house. This helps your child to feel part of the household. Ashley shows us her daughter contributing to everyday household activities.
At Rushmore House Montessori preschool and Orpington Montessori preschool we have a special Practical Life area in the classroom that contains many activities that help children develop skills they can use every day in the classroom, and at home.
Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Uyzls0Xs0U