In the video below, Mrs. Sandra Rodriguez, presents a practical life/sensorial lesson to one of her two year old student’s. She will show her student what is expected in the lesson. The student will then independently follow thru with the Montessori lesson.
The lesson that Mrs. Rodriguez is teaching is a Pre-Montessori lesson on classifying colors. This will develop the sense of order, concentration, coordination and independence in the child.
Montessori feels, through work with the sensorial materials, the child is given the keys to classifying the things around him, which leads to the child making his own experiences in his environment.
Through the classification, the child is also offered the first steps in organizing his intelligence, which then leads to his adapting to his environment.
The purpose of Practical Life lessons 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 functional member in his 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.