Teach. I came across this blog in pinterest. It is very helpful for parents, soon to be parents, thinking about being a parent, doting lolos & lolas, excited titos & titas and everyone else involved in raising a kiddo.

So, YES..you should go to this page: NOW and READ =)

I am a young teacher, I initially thought that academics is what we should teach. Period. Name the colors, write the alphabet, how to add, subtract, multiply and divide, fractions, etc…Now i realize we (teachers) should do more than that. Believe it or not I’ve come across children (are they still called children when they’re 13 years old?) who doesn’t know how to use a paper clip ( yes, you read that right. a paper clip), another spent an entire afternoon trying to tie her shoes (get the picture? because I can go on and on and on. =)

WHAT FOR: Meaning and Purpose of Practical Life?

“The purpose and aim of Practical Life is to help the child gain control in the coordination of his movement, and help the child to gain independence and adapt to his society. It is therefore important to “Teach teaching, not correcting” (Montessori) in order to allow the child to be a fully functionional member in hios own society. Practical Life Exercises also aid the growth and development of the child’s intellect and concentration and will in turn also help the child develop an orderly way of thinking.”

WHY: Reason for Practical Life Exercises

“Children are naturally interested in activities they have witnessed. Therefore, Dr. Montessori began using what she called “Practical Life Exercises” to allow the child to do activities of daily life and therefore adapt and orientate himself in his society.

It is therefore the Directress’s task to demonstrate the correct way of doing these Exercises in a way that allows the child to fully observe the movements. Montessori says, “If talking don’t move, if moving don’t talk”.

The directress must also keep in mind that the goal is to show the actions so that the child can go off and repeat the activity in his own successful way. Montessori says, “Our task is to show how the action is done and at the same time destroy the possibility of imitation”. The child must develop his own way of doing these activities so that the movements become real and not synthetic.

During the child’s sensitive period between birth and 6, the child is constructing the inner building blocks of his person. It is therefore important for the child to participate in activities to prepare him for his environment, that allow him to grow independently and use his motor skills, as well as allow the child to analyze difficulties he may have in the exercise and problem solve successfully.

Montessori also saw the child’s need for order, repetition, and succession in movements. Practical Life Exercises also helps to aid the child to develop his coordination in movement, his balance and his gracefulness in his environment as well as his need to develop the power of being silent.”

taken from: http://www.infomontessori.com/practical-life/introduction.htm