Spring Cleaning at it Finest

It seems as though the Spring has arrived and everyone in the toddler room has the fever! Recently Yonina and I have noticed that many of the children are quite focused on and excited about cleaning their environment, whether it be folding the laundry,
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sweeping the floor,
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washing tables, or chairs,
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or even cleaning the windows!,
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Practical Life is a key component to any Montessori classroom. Practical Life exercises are highly valued in the Montessori method due to the importance that they have in teaching the children useful life skills. These activities also have a strong fine motor component and so are valuable in developing and extending children’s fine motor abilities as well as their cognitive development. The basic aims of all Practical Life activities are to assist in the development of coordination, concentration, independence, and order.

Montessori said it best:
“But the children seemed to demand some conclusion of the exercises, which had already developed them intellectually in a most surprising way. They knew how to dress and undress, and to bathe, themselves; they knew how to sweep the floors, dust the furniture, put the room in order, to open and close boxes, to manage the keys in the various locks; they could replace the objects in the cupboards in perfect order, could care for the plants; they knew how to observe things, and how to see objects with their hands. A number of them came to us and frankly demanded to be taught to read and write. Even in the face of our refusal several children came to school and [Page 268] proudly showed us that they knew how to make an O on the blackboard.”
Taken from the Montessori Method by Maria Montessori.

April 5, 2009. Classroom life. No Comments.