These are the first exercises introduced to the children. They create the foundation upon which all other work in the classroom depends. Practical Life exercises include care of self and the environment, as well as the development of large and fine motor control. These practical experiences in everyday activities are the cornerstone of the Montessori Method.

The focus of the Practical Life area is to develop coordination, independence, a sense of order, and above all, concentration.


Physical Skills

• Control of movement
• Walking purposefully
• Making silence
• Bouncing and catching ball
• Riding tricycles
• Digging, raking, watering
• Climbing

Respect and Care of Environment

• Wet and dry pouring
• Rolling a mat and pushing in chair
• Spooning, tweezing, scooping, squeezing
• Opening and closing using various containers
• Cutting, peeling, grating, serving various types of foods
• Sweeping the floor
• Cleaning & polishing
• Washing a window
• Washing dishes
• Caring for animals and plants
• Cleaning up classroom/playground
• Recycling

Care for Self

• Respect for self
• Personal care
• Hand washing
• Dressing frames
• Hanging up coat
• Putting on shoes
• Using the toilet

Lessons in Grace and Courtesy

• Greeting someone
• “Please” and “Thank you”
• Waiting for turns
• Walking around the rug
• Helping others, sharing, caring for others
• Quiet voices and listening

Little Miners has recently partnered our Toddler Program with Stretch-n-Grow of Utah!  On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, our toddlers enjoy a 30-minute session of exercising with this fun company.  Here is an excerpt from their website about Stretch-n-Grow:

“Stretch-n-Grow is the world’s largest network of children fitness professionals who, each week,
teach over one hundred thousand children in hundreds of cities across 15 countries to “Exercise and Eat What’s Wise!”

Stretch-n-Grow offers EXERciting programs for kids starting as young as 18 months up to twelve years old. Each Stretch-n-Grow coach is a certified youth fitness specialist and has only one passion – to show our Stars an EXERciting time!”

For more information, please visit them on the web at

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