In the Grace and Courtesy
Exercises, the children work on their interactions with other people.
In the Control of Movement Exercises, the child learns about his or
her own motions and learns how to refine his coordination through such
activities as walking on the line.
Dr. Montessori observed the child’s need for order, repetition,
and succession in movements.
Characteristics of Practical Life
Practical Life Exercises are meant to help the child perform everyday
activities, it is important that all materials be familiar, real, breakable,
and functional. The materials must also be related to the child’s time and
culture. In order to allow the child to fully finish the exercise and to
therefore finish the full cycle of the activity, the material must be complete,
orderly and not missing any pieces.
The Directress may want to color code the materials as well as arrange the
materials based on difficulties in order to facilitate the classification and
arrangements of the work by the children.
The attractiveness is also of utmost importance as Montessori believed that the
child must be offered what is most beautiful and pleasing to the eye so as to
help the child enter into a “more refined and subtle world”