Children are fascinated and drawn to activities that give them independence and control over their own life. In the Montessori classroom, children practice activities such as pouring, hand washing and polishing, cleaning, and organizing. The purpose of these activities is to develop concentration and attention to detail, finishing each task and putting away all materials before going on to another activity.
The child may repeat each activity as often as they like, therefore perfecting coordination and extending concentration while crossing the mid line of the child, which is an extremely crucial factor to their overall development. Children gain an appreciation, respect, and awareness for nature and the space around them.
Any child who is self-sufficient, who can tie his shoes, dress or undress himself, reflects in his joy and sense of achievement the image of human dignity, which is derived from a sense of independence – Dr. Maria Montessori