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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Practical Life Exercise (PLE)

Montessori Practical Life Exercise (PLE) are seen as the cornerstone of the Montessori method. These exercises provide the opportunity for purposeful work, assist young children in their development; physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally.

PLE are designed to teach children life skills as these help children develop intelligent and resposible contact with their surroundings. These enhance the children's control over their movements, exercising the muscles of the whole body with understanding and willed purposes.

Benefits of PLE:

  • to grow in self-knowledge
  • develop child's concentration
  • develop fine & gross motor skills
  • help children towards independence
  • establish order
  • develop a good self image
  • appreciate & understand the limits of his environment
  • develop sense of responsibility
  • aid the child in his construction

4 categories of PLE:

  1. Care of the environment
  2. Development Motor Skills
  3. Care of Self
  4. Social Grace & Courtesy

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