When you think about getting started with Montessori at home, you may instinctively begin your journey here. That's a great first step because Montessori practical life activities set the stage for a functional homeschool experience. Practical life activities are essential to a successful Montessori curriculum because this is where most children develop foundational life skills critical for success and happiness.
The Importance of Practical Life Activities Within the Montessori Method
Through the practical life curriculum, the child gains knowledge of their home and culture. Additionally, the Montessori primary practical life curriculum supports language development by focusing the child’s time on vocabulary acquisition.
As the child observes their natural surroundings, Montessori education encourages respect and care for the environment. Independence, self-reliance, competence, and cultivation of concentration are just a few of the benefits of integrating practical life into your Montessori homeschool's primary curriculum.
Practical Life is the place to begin for very young children or any child new to a Montessori environment. This is because it is designed to quiet and focus the child's mind in the home environment, thus setting the stage for a functional homeschool experience.
What is a Practical Life activity?
Practical life activities in the Montessori primary curriculum are purposeful and thoughtfully sequenced in a way that develop coordination, motor control, and focus. Additionally, practical life activities help children gain independence and a sense of responsibility. Practical life exercises cover four main areas of development: homeschooling skills, care of environment, control of movement, and care of self. These practical life exercises teach children to actively participate in things such as table washing, sweeping the floor, food preparation, and other daily life activities.
Montessori Primary Practical Life Program
M3 by Multisori's Practical Life curriculum provides opportunities for primary aged children to learn physical skills, such as the development of both gross and fine motor skills. Practical life lessons are also about teaching children independence and encouraging their capabilities in everyday life.
Our Montessori primary Practical Life curriculum is self-contained, so you don't need any special products to use it. Many families get caught up in the traditional classroom mindset; this idea that to begin Montessori homeschooling, you need a well-crafted Montessori classroom set up with very specific, traditional Montessori materials on hand. That simply is not true.
Ideas for a handful of useful and affordable products are made where appropriate, and DIY options abound. Young children thrive with hands-on, movement based learning that stimulates all of the senses. That's just one reason why Multisori's Montessori homeschooling curriculum allows you to quit the overwhelm, embark on a joyful journey with Montessori at home, easily create a Montessori way of learning and set the stage for a lifetime of success.
M3 by Multisori's Practical Life curriculum is delivered to you via e-mail as a PDF file and must be printed before use.
Like all M3 products, our Montessori primary practical life curriculum includes:
- Supply list and instructions for preparing the learning environment
- Hyperlinked curriculum rubric (simplified scope & sequence)
- Straight forward assessment rubric for record keeping
- Easy to understand presentation instructions for each activity
- Eye catching visuals for easy environment prep
It also provides over 100 pages of full color practical life materials, including:
- Plant three part cards
- Flowers three part cards
- Animal three part cards
- Courtesy, consent & safety mini-book
- Daily routine cards (color coded and customizable)
- All about fruits & vegetables mini-book
- Fruit three part cards
- Vegetable three part cards
- Fruit and vegetable sorting cards