Young child focusing on picture on wall of Montessori classroom

A part of our weekly series of thoughts from Maria Montessori's work and writings - designed to promote further reflection on professional practice.

Child and father squeezing juice in Montessori parent toddler group

A part of our weekly series of thoughts from Maria Montessori's work and writings - designed to promote further reflection on professional practice.

Young child washing up in Montessori classroom

A part of our weekly series of thoughts from Maria Montessori's work and writings - designed to promote further reflection on professional practice.

Group of young children and teacher in Montessori infant community

A part of our weekly series of thoughts from Maria Montessori's work and writings - designed to promote further reflection on professional practice.

Child in Montessori classroom

A part of our weekly series of thoughts from Maria Montessori's work and writings - designed to promote further reflection on professional practice.

Child walking on a line

Practical Life activities in a Montessori classroom assist the child to control and coordinate their moments, and one of the earliest activities introduced in a 3-6 classroom is called “Walking on the Line”.  Montessori saw this as a natural extension of something children liked to do (walking on curbs or tracks) and developed the activity not only to help them control their body, develop balance and perfect equilibrium, but to strengthen the mind’s control of its body’s movements.