Parent Resource, Practical Life Skills, AKA “Executive Functions”


It’s always inspirational to hear and witness the beauty of a Montessori student at work. Simple practical life works, such as washing a chalk board, can provide an immense amount of skills that the child will be able to use much later in their lives and in their academic career.

“It is often in the exercises of practical life that the child’s attention is captured, and in which the ability to focus, ‘concentrate’ and ‘repeat’ is first developed.”

“practical life activities…contribute marvelously to a child’s sense of responsibility and accomplishment, thus building self-confidence and self-esteem.”

The evidence of just how precious these exercises in practical life are, lies in the child’s appreciation for such purposeful work.

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From humble beginnings, come great things….

About the Author: Peter Davidson was the founding Head at the Montessori School of Beaverton, an AMI school in Portland and currently serves as consultant for Montessori in Redlands, an AMI school in Southern California.

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