Practical Life: an essential preparation for later success
"The prepared environment that is the family home, the importance of Practical Life cannot be overemphasized. Naturally occurring routine tasks like sorting laundry, washing windows, sewing, gardening, caring for pets, and preparing meals are ideal for children between the ages of 3 and 6. These daily activities may not seem "academic enough" on first glance, but they offer profound opportunities for young children to concentrate, follow a logical sequence of steps, and ultimately engage in truly meaningful work in the context of their loving family.
Practical Life in the home is an essential preparation for later success in all aspects of development-- very much including mathematics! " [Montessori Institute of San Diego, MISD]