The Practical Life area brings the connection between the child’s home environment and the classroom together. The child seeks the desire to have order and independence which is supported by the use of a variety of materials and activities which aid to the development of fine motor movement as well as acquiring learning skills needed to advance to more complex Montessori activities. The practical life materials engage the child to use precise movements to stimulate concentration. The child is able to work at his/her own pace to complete a work cycle resulting with internal feelings of satisfaction and confidence. Practical Life encompasses four main areas: Control of Movement, Care of Person, Care of Environment, and Grace and Courtesy.
The child is constantly receiving information through the senses. The Sensorial area helps the child to organize information obtained by the senses by isolating a specific quality. The materials focus on one idea so the child can work specifically with the intended concept. This approach aids in developing a sense of order so the brain can actively sort, arrange and classify the information. The sensorial materials give the child experience in perceiving distinctions between similar and different items followed by learning to grade similar objects. Each activity is generally a group of items isolating a fundamental quality taken in by the senses such as colour, form, dimension, texture, temperature, volume, pitch, weight and taste.
Maria Montessori did not believe that reading, writing, spelling and language should be taught as separate entities. Children are immersed in their own language development and this growth is supported by the activities in The Language Area. Oral language is refined through a variety of activities such as songs, games, poems, stories and classified language cards. Indirect preparation for writing begins with the practical life exercises and sensorial training by refining their fine motor skills. Once the child develops the ability to distinguish the sounds, the letter is presented followed by putting the letters together to make words, phrases, sentences and finally stories. Along with spelling, grammar and word order concepts, children soon discover they are able to read a book with understanding.
Within the Mathematics area of the environment, a child is led to abstract number concepts by manipulating concrete materials. Through The Practical Life Area and The Sensorial Area of the environment, the child has already experienced the distinctions of distance, dimension, graduation, similarity and sequence. Through concrete mathematical materials the child learns geometry, algebra, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Children gradually come to understand many abstract mathematical concepts with ease and joy.
We welcome children from the entire Niagara Region. We are located in the north end of St. Catharines at 325 Scott St. Book a tour today to see how a Montessori experience can benefit your child. Please call (905) 935-1092 for a personalized tour.