What are the Benefits of Practical Life Activities?

Why do small kids need to learn life skills? Recently, I posted an article on a social media site that I had written on how to set up a dishwashing station for a child. While, most of the feedback I received was positive, some responses were along the lines of, “Kids have the rest of their childhoods to learn how to wash dishes.“, and “Let them just be little.” It occurred to me that the aims of Montessori Practical Life activities are not clear to many people. There is solid reasoning behind Practical Life activities being an integral part of … Continue reading What are the Benefits of Practical Life Activities?

Sharing Space: Respecting the Development of Children in Different Age Groups

While the Montessori Method is more than a series of activities and the space in which they are contained, these things are important. Children need their environments to be aids to their development. The materials they access must be age appropriate and they need to be able to exercise unrestricted independence in their work areas. The issue that I’ve encountered in setting up my home for the pre-school years, Montessori-style, is the age difference between my children and their individual developmental needs. My 3 year old needs order, peace, and cleanliness. My daughter often chooses work that involves sharp and/or small objects … Continue reading Sharing Space: Respecting the Development of Children in Different Age Groups