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Practical Life

Considered by many to be the cornerstone of the Montessori curriculum, Practical Life is where the foundations for learning and confidence are laid. The three-year-old student carefully pouring herself a cup of water, the five-year-old checking and watering the classroom plants, and the eight-year-old updating signage for the school’s recycling program are all connecting their physical skills with their mental powers of focus and concentration. Practical Life is where children first experience what Mihaly Csikszmentmihalyi defined as “flow” in schoolwork. It is through Practical Life that children develop a positive attitude toward learning, because it is here that children learn that they can learn.

Hamilton Park
Montessori School
1 McWilliams Place, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Tel. (201) 533-1910