Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Why Practical Life?
When we first began our atrium, I was skeptical about Montessori's Practical Life Exercises. Don't get me wrong - I could see their value in a Montessori setting but I wasn't convinced that we needed them in the atrium. We began with just a few basic activities, but I quickly discovered the spiritual dimensions of practical life, and now we can't get enough of it! In fact, I first became interested in blogs as a way of hearing from some of the wonderful Montessorians on the web who write about their practical life exercises. Setting up practical life, and changing it to meet the needs of the children as their skills develop over the year requires a good deal of observation and creativity, and I have come to enjoy it as much as the kids!
In these first weeks, practical life will get quite a work out in our atria - and we catechists couldn't be happier!
Click here for another post on practical life with pictures of some of the work on our shelves!