Practical Life and the Importance of Movement 

Montessori Continuing Education Online Course

Practical Life and the Importance of Movement online course

The Humble Tasks of Daily Living 
help develop what neuroscientists call
'executive functions' of the brain!

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

*   Lessons that provide an important link between home and school  

*   Activities from dusting to metal polishing, washing dishes and gardening

*   Development of concentration, coordination of movement and independence   

*   Help the child learn responsibility for care of self, others and the environment

 Professional Development
Practical Life and the Importance of Movement

New Course!
What you will learn:  

  • One of four major curriculum areas in a Montessori classroom
  • Universal human tendencies such as order, exploring, communicating 
  • Select video lessons from our library
  • Choice in the prepared environment
  • Importance of movement and the goals of practical life  
  • OCCI - order, coordination of movement, concentration and independence 
  • Ideas for older children from the Elementary Certification Program

Start Date:  
February 3, 2021

Special Price: $469  $349

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After purchasing, you will receive a confirmation email containing the information you need to access the online course

Practical Life Lesson - Boy polishing shoe
Online practical life course - girls working together

For Teachers, Schools, Daycare Providers and Parents   

For most children starting in Montessori school,
lessons in practical life will be among their first experiences.

We are thrilled to introduce practical life, the core of Montessori’s early childhood program. It seems very simple and it may be overlooked at some schools where there is pressure for academic achievement, even for the youngest of our school children. Other schools develop their practical life area to the fullest, to the benefit of their children.


Practical Life is one four major curriculum areas, that also include Sensorial, Language and Math. For most children starting in Montessori schools around the globe, lessons in practical life will be among their first experiences. These “humble tasks of daily living” can be done at home or school, from dusting and sweeping to metal polishing, washing dishes and gardening. 


The essential point to keep in mind is that there are underlying purposes to these lessons, far beyond the mastery of any specific skill: the sense of order, concentration, coordination of movement and independence. These lessons provide the child with opportunity to freely move about the classroom and develop what neuroscientists call “executive functions” of the brain. Executive functions include control of attention and actions, the ability to screen out unwanted distractions, working memory, and flexibility of thinking.


Watch Mary Ellen Maunz, M.Ed., Founder and Program Director, explain the importance of the Practical Life avenue in the Montessori classroom.

We are pleased to welcome you on this journey of practical life and the importance of movement for the young child. Maria Montessori’s profound understanding combined with the expertise of Mary Ellen Maunz provides us with a clear and sure path to follow. We know this information will prove of practical use to you.