Maria Montessori believed that education should be an “aid to life”. It is with this philosophy in mind that she developed the “practical life” component of her curriculum. Practical life activities provide young children with opportunities to develop cognitive and fine-motor skills, while developing a sense of independence and confidence in their ability to have a positive impact on their environment.
One of my favorite practical life activities is flower arranging. Equipped with baskets, scissors and the understanding that they needed to cut flowers with long stems, the girls spent time in the garden collecting flowers. When they brought in the treasures they found, I set up a tray for them with their flowers, vases and scissors (you could also add a small pitcher of water). They had a great time perfecting their own arrangements. They also loved picking just the right spot in the house to display their masterpieces!
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