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How we learn to learn (practical life)

How we learn to learn (practical life) How we learn to learn (practical life)

The Practical Life Programme

Young children are naturally curious and want to work with everything they can get their hands on. They absorb concepts and skills from their surroundings and peers almost through osmosis. Provide them with a challenging atmosphere and intriguing learning materials and children will spontaneously investigate what they are and how they work. Learning can and should be and maintained as natural as breathing.

Children of every age level learn best through hands-on experience, not simply by listening to their educarer's explanations. They need opportunities to learn by trial, error, and discovery. They need time to practice and apply new skills and knowledge. They need to be carefully guided.

Rather than present children with loads of right answers, we keep asking the right questions, and lead them to discover the answers for themselves. Learning becomes its own reward, and each success fuels a desire to discover even more.

We encourage children to do their own activities/tasks, analyse what they have found, and come to their own conclusions. Our goal is to care and lead children to think for themselves and become actively engaged in the learning and developmental process!

At Montessori Stepping Stones, children learn to not be afraid of making mistakes. They quickly find that few things in life come easily, and they can try again without fear of embarrassment.

We help children & s set gradually higher goals for themselves so that they can take pride in the quality of their growing skills and knowledge.

We want them to discover and reach the potential their abilities.    
Success in a early childhood learning  centre or school - and of course in other environments as well - is directly tied to the degree that children believe in themselves as capable and independent human beings.

If they knew the words, even very young children would ask: "Help me learn to do it for myself!"

As we support children to develop a meaningful degree of independence and self-discipline, we also set a pattern for a lifetime of good work habits and a sense of responsibility. Our children take pride in doing things for themselves carefully and well.

Independence does not come automatically as we grow older; it must be learned. At Montessori Stepping Stones, even very small children can learn how to tie their own shoes and pour their own milk. At first, shoelaces turn into knots and milk ends up on the floor. However, with practice, skills are mastered and the young child beams with pride.

To experience this kind of success at such an early age is to build up a self-image as a successful person, and leads one to approach the next task with confidence.

As our children develop, they learn all sorts of everyday living skills, such as cleaning, sewing, cooking, planning parties, decorating a room, arranging flowers, and gardening. We build many opportunities into our curriculum for our children to gain hands-on experience. These are activities that are known as Practical Life Exercise or Activities.

We teach our children advanced skills, such as typing, doing simple repairs around the environment, planning their own outings, caring for animals, using public transportation, caring for plants and a garden.

Children are capable of amazing things. With guidance and kindness, they can develop a depth of character and values.

Grace and courtesy are vital everyday living skills that children need in this world. Young people do not automatically understand and accept that we all have responsibilities to other people.

They have to learn how to handle the new situations that they will face as they become increasingly independent. Most importantly, they need to develop a social conscience and a clear sense of values.

We consciously teach our children ethics and interpersonal skills from age of two. Even the youngest child is treated with dignity and respect.     

As a close-knit community, children at our Montessori Stepping Stones Centre grow up in an atmosphere of caring, warmth, safety, and mutual trust.

Even our youngest children constantly see others working courteously with one another. Their natural tendency is to do the same. They quickly learn that they may not interfere with someone else's work unless asked to join. They learn to walk through the room calmly, to speak politely to friends, and to clean up after themselves. While they may work alone or with friends, they may not disturb others.

Over the years our children learn to accept more responsibility and handle themselves in a wide variety of situations. Learning how to live and work together with others in a peaceful and caring community is, to us, the most critical life skill that we can give your son or daughter.