Primary Practical Life "A lesson in the practical side of life."

Primary Practical Life
(Learning the things necessary for the Practical side of life)

Here we see the child preparing food. This four year old is engaged in an important life skill. The simple act of cutting and serving an apple teaches the child so much.

1. First of all, the activity took about 35 minutes to complete. (WOW) Look at the development of CONCENTRATION. Who could believe a 4 year old could stay with an activity that long? Once concentration is developed, it is extended to other endeavors. Even to a seven or an eight year old, staying with a math problem sometimes for several days until completion.

2. The CONFIDENCE this affords a child will continue into other areas. He has completed successfully something that has been enjoyed by his friends. He has done something nice for people. (How do you feel when you do something nice for someone?)

3. INDEPENDENCE is gained by knowing you can do things by yourself. Learning to prepare your own food is carried on at each level in Montessori. It is a great part of learning independence.

4. Again, we see here the SELF DIRECTION that is required to complete this activity

5. The child must develop SELF DISCIPLINE in order to carry this out to completion.

6. The SOCIAL education that is learned though good manners goes a long ways in life. Here he has made his friends happy by offering them a treat. Learning the proper way of offering someone something and then how to gracefully accept or refuse is very important.


This little activity, which is so Non-technical offers a world of opportunity for the child’s development in many, many areas. We must not forget the “Needs of Life”. Learning these life skills does so much for the development of a child’s education. The confidence developed in interacting with others in this simple ways helps the children work collaboratively in academic settings later. 

Toddler Grace and Courtesy "The showing of politeness in one's attitude and behavior toward others."

Grace and Courtesy

This may look like a fun play activity for two little toddlers, but lets look at all the things that are being developed. The tea pot and items necessary for pouring tea were on the shelf. They had to set it all out and fill the pot with tea (water) then invite someone to join. Tea was poured without spilling, then sipped so expertly. There was cordial conversation between the children as well. After the party is over, the dishes must be cleaned, dried and put back on the shelf.

The Vital things for development that are accomplished here.

1. Learning a sequential order of how to do an activity.

2. Developing the coordination for this activity.

3. Completing the activity.

4. Putting away in good conditions.

5. Look at the opportunity for independence.

6. The opportunity for self direction by being able to choose what a child would enjoy.

7. There must be self discipline for the activity to be accomplished successfully.

8. The toddlers have An opportunity for conversation, the social development.

9. Having fun while all these skills are being developed.

Grace and Courtesy - Manners are such an important skill for a person to have. They are a “Forgotten Subject” in education of today's times. While in Montessori Grace and Courtesy (Manners) are vital skills as well as the future means for successful relationship with other people. (Which, as we all know, often has more influence than how intelligent someone is.)

Sing Peace Around the World

M o n t e s s o r i   S c h o o l s

S I N G   P E A C E   A R O U N D   T H E   W O R L D

T h u r s d a y   S e p t e m b e r   2 1,   2 0 1 7

"Come and sing the song that will go all the way around the world!" 

 Children from across the planet will come together to sing for peace on Thursday, September 21st 2017 to celebrate the International Day of Peace. The singing will commence on the shores of New Zealand and continue from country to country until it reaches the shores of the Hawaiian Islands 24 hours later.   In 2016, "Sing Peace" involved over 150,000 children from some 65 different countries. We hope to reach a quarter of a million children singing for the 2017 event. We welcome back our schools who participated last year and challenge them to bring a friend! Invite a guest!  We challenge you to share Sing Peace Around the World with a school in your neighborhood, down the street or in your community.  Spread the word that children are singing around the world for peace.  More then ever the message of peace needs to be heard from every corner of every continent.