Learning : Everyday Living Skills

Everyday living skills is a fundamental component of the early childhood education at Smart Start Montessori preschool in Auckland.

The use of practical life equipment such as dressing frames, sweeping, pouring etc., builds the child's natural interest and helps develop; good work habits, concentration, eye-hand co-ordination, a lengthened attention span and control of his/her body.


The 4 main areas of practical life at Smart Start.

1 - Preliminary Activities – These activities provide the foundation and set the stage for all works in the Montessori classroom. These include such tasks as how to roll and unroll a mat, how to walk around a mat, how to sharpen a pencil, how to put down your chair, walking on the line, sitting up quiet and straight at circle time.

2 - Care of Self – These activities provide the means for children to become physically independent. These may include such activities as how to wash your hands, how to brush your teeth, how to prepare and eat your lunch at the table, where and how to hang put away your bag, and how to put on your shoes.

3 - Care of the Environment – Learning how to clean is very important in the Montessori classroom. These activities may include how to set the table, how to clean dishes and cutlery, sweeping the class room floor, how to dust the shelves, how to water the plants, and how to clean up spills.

4 - Social Graces and Courtesies – These activities are not found on the shelves, but are introduced and gently reinforced by our teachers. Social graces and courtesies include using eye contact when respectfully saying hello and goodbye, when to say please and thank you, how to respectfully interrupt someone, and how to cough and sneeze.





 
 

 
   

Learning : Everyday Living Skills

Everyday living skills is a fundamental component of the early childhood education at Smart Start Montessori preschool in Auckland.

The use of practical life equipment such as dressing frames, sweeping, pouring etc., builds the child's natural interest and helps develop; good work habits, concentration, eye-hand co-ordination, a lengthened attention span and control of his/her body.


The 4 main areas of practical life at Smart Start.

1 - Preliminary Activities – These activities provide the foundation and set the stage for all works in the Montessori classroom. These include such tasks as how to roll and unroll a mat, how to walk around a mat, how to sharpen a pencil, how to put down your chair, walking on the line, sitting up quiet and straight at circle time.

2 - Care of Self – These activities provide the means for children to become physically independent. These may include such activities as how to wash your hands, how to brush your teeth, how to prepare and eat your lunch at the table, where and how to hang put away your bag, and how to put on your shoes.

3 - Care of the Environment – Learning how to clean is very important in the Montessori classroom. These activities may include how to set the table, how to clean dishes and cutlery, sweeping the class room floor, how to dust the shelves, how to water the plants, and how to clean up spills.

4 - Social Graces and Courtesies – These activities are not found on the shelves, but are introduced and gently reinforced by our teachers. Social graces and courtesies include using eye contact when respectfully saying hello and goodbye, when to say please and thank you, how to respectfully interrupt someone, and how to cough and sneeze.