Benefits Of Practical Life Exercises Essay

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Practical Life exercises are activities found in a child’s daily routine, in which he also carries with him for the rest of his life. Maria Montessori said “Growth comes from activity, not from intellectual understanding" (1), and that is why Practical Life exercises were introduced. Also, it is believed that a child is naturally interested in activities he has seen in his surroundings, therefore the child can be able to practice real life events that he might pass during his daily routine with the aid of the Practical Life activities.
The purpose and aim of Practical Life is to assist the child to become a normalized member in his environment. It is thus vital to “Teach by teaching, not by correcting” (2) in order to allow normalization to occur. As Maria Montessori said "The environment itself will teach the child, if every error he makes is manifest to him, without the intervention of a parent of teacher, who should remain a quiet observer of all that happens." (3)

Practical Life Exercises also aid the expansion and development of the child 's intellect and can also help the child to develop an orderly manner of thinking. Moreover, they provide purposeful activities that help the child with his development of orientation and adaptation, concentration, independence and control of movement. The child learns these activities from his environment and gains knowledge and skills to master himself. These activities depend on the generation and culture the child is…

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