Practical Life

Practical Life materials and activities are designed to develop a child’s everyday life skills and promote independence. These exercises are sequence driven and require repetition for a child to develop concentration, eye-hand coordination, gross- and fine-motor skills, confidence, self-awareness, self-esteem, and organizational skills.

Between birth and six years of age - the formative years - a child absorbs information almost effortlessly. Concepts and techniques are easily learned during this time that, later on, will be considered more difficult for an older child to learn.

Some examples of Practical Life activities are dressing frames (lacing, zippers, and tying buttons), pouring and transporting liquid/solid techniques, flower arranging, table setting, weaving, paper cutting with scissors, sorting, and folding.
All of these exercises isolate the one attribute that is to be worked on and developed by the child. Practical Life materials are entirely equipped from start to finish and have what is called a control of error. This allows the child to make their own corrections and complete the entire activity without having to stop and disrupt their concentration and work flow.

Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School


A Private School Located in Richmond Hill, Ontario and serving the greater Toronto area since 1986.