This stage involves everyday activities such as pouring, spooning, polishing and food preparation, all of which develop hand dexterity. The children also learn how to care for both themselves and their environment. Practical life serves as preparation for later mathematics and language.
Language and reading skills start with manipulating objects, listening to the sounds and connecting it to the correct letter. Without children realizing it, they are setting the foundation to becoming a confident reader.
“By the age of three the child has already laid down the foundations of his personality as a human being.” – Maria Montessori