Even Batman washes dishes – in Montessori environment dishwashing is an important practical life activity through which children develop concentration, become aware of order and sequencing, gain control over their movements, become more independent, and learn to care for their surroundings.
A quick introduction to Practical Life Activities from Montessori.org
Practical Life activities are the activities of everyday life and they are involved in all aspects of life. The child observes these activities in the environment and gains knowledge through the real experience of how to accomplish life skills in a purposeful way. These activities are cultural and specific to the child’s time and place. Practical life activities help give the child a sense of being and belonging, established through participation in daily life with us. Through practical life the child learns about his culture and all about what it is to be human. Generally the activities of practical life revolve around four areas: Caring for the Self, Caring for the Environment, Grace & Courtesy and Movement of Objects. There is another area which encompasses all four areas and which is a very important part of practical life, namely food. Practical Life activities are an integral part of any Montessori environment.
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Jana Roberson: Ms. Jana Roberson holds her Montessori Certification from Southwestern Montessori Training Center and has been a Lead Montessori Guide for 15 years. She takes pride in maintaining a safe and peaceful classroom environment that allows her to guide children in their academic journey. Ms. Roberson and her family relocated to the San Antonio area in 2018. She is looking forward to meeting and getting to know you and your family as well as enriching the lives of your children.
Ms. Fabiola Montoya: Ms. Fabiola Montoya holds her Bachelor degree in Business from Monterrey Institute of Technology as well as her Early Childhood Education Certificate and Lower Elementary Certificate from North American Montessori Center. She has been a Per-Primary Lead Guide for 5 years and an Elementary School Substitute for 2 years. She is a believer in the Montessori methods and way of life. She is looking forward to being a part of a great community of loving educators and parents.