At the Montessori Language Academy, the Practical Life area is designed so that any child can practice certain skills without the presence of other obstacles. Children can use various materials to practice basic tasks, including, but not limited to, using utensils properly and tying their shoes. Children are also encouraged to use their newly mastered skills to help with basic tasks around the school, such as preparing snacks for the class and helping younger children get dressed for outside.
Dr. Maria Montessori found that children three to six years old naturally direct their efforts to developing strength and precision of body and mind. She created exercises that focused on “Practical Life” such as washing, pouring, polishing, and folding, to give the children opportunities to focus themselves on worthwhile tasks while at the same time refining coordination, concentration, organization and independence.