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Practical Life

During a child’s first few years of life a child enjoys helping adults with their activities. A child who is allowed to participate in adult activities sees that his efforts are valuable and this bolsters independence and self-esteem. In the Montessori environment all activities are referred to as “work”. This is not to say that the activities should be viewed as “labor”, but rather it is meant to convey that the activities have a purpose, are enjoyable, and give the child great pride in completing the task. Practical life offers children exercises in daily living that serve as a foundation for their development. Gross and fine motor skills are developed to prepare them for future academic work.