The Practical Life, or everyday living, materials help children to master self-care and independence. These activities include self care, food preparation and cooking, and environmental care to name just a few.
Through these common activities, the children learn to concentrate, develop fine motor skills, blueprint sequencing steps and become confident learners, moving toward greater challenges with enthusiasm. The Montessori method encourages independence, assisting children in gaining the skills to care for their personal needs, care for the environment, care for their peers with grace and courtesy.
Children have a natural desire to be independent and are excited to be given the time and respect, as well as the appropriate tools, to accomplish these tasks on their own.