Montessori Practical Life consists of four main areas: basic transfer exercises, care of the environment, care of self and grace and courtesy. The purpose is to help the child gain control in the coordination of his movement and to help the child gain independence and adapt to his society. It allows the child to take care of himself, others and their environment.
Meet Pumpkin from the East environment and Billy Gene from the West environment:
These guinea pigs are brothers and the newest additions to our preschool classrooms. The children here at SWSM care for their classroom pets every day, which includes feeding them, providing them with fresh water, grooming them, making sure their cages are clean and healthy and most importantly . . . cuddling them! The majority of this happens with the guidance of the adults in the classroom to make sure no one gets lost or hurt through over-excited handling.
Caring for an animal instills a sense of responsibility, compassion, empathy and respect for living things. Another benefit is the stress reduction that occurs as a result of observing and petting the animals, from which both the children and the animals can benefit.
If your family has a pet, please allow them to help feed the pet, put water in his bowl and even clean the animal or its habitat (if appropriate).