Practical Life Exercises in Montessori and Development of Social Skills Essay

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“We can imagine an adult’s society organized as constructive society on the same lines as children’s that is on lines with this natural society of cohesion.
Attachment to other people is the first stage which brings all men to work for a common ideal.
It would be good for men if society could be constructed like this but we cannot command this. It must come from nature.
If nature is the basis the construction will be superior, but without this basis there can only be an artificial construction which breaks down easily."
(The Child, Society and the World, p 24, Chap III)

Maria Montessori termed a child as a “Spiritual embryo”, which is in the embryonic stage of the future fully transformed adult. A society is a group of adults,
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These enhance the children's control over their movements, exercising the muscles of the whole body with understanding and willed purposes. The materials given will be familiar, tempting and is food for the sensitivity of the child.

“An isolated individual cannot develop his individuality. He must put himself in relationship with his environment and within the reach of the events and the life of his times.”
Child’s Instinct to Work, Maria Montessori)

A Montessori Practical Life Exercise area is prepared in such a way that, a bit of everything is put into it. This particular area is dynamic and varies from school to school and place to place. It depends on the interest and the creativity of the adult and also reflects the cultural practices of that particular place.

“The objects which we use for practical life, have no scientific significance; they are the objects in use, where the child lives and which he sees being used in his home; they are made, however in sizes adapted to the little man.
(Montessori Maria, The Discovery of the child, Pg 108, 2006)

Evidently, a Montessori environment is a miniature of the society outside, where a child is exposed to the similar things that he finds in the world outside. The way a child works with these material and with the other