Practical Life

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"The children of three years of age in the "Children's Houses" learn and carry out such work as sweeping, dusting, making things tidy, setting the table for meals, waiting at table, washing the dishes, etc .  ... This has a truly educational, not utilitarian purpose . The reaction of the children may be described as a "burst of independence" ...
-- Maria Montessori (From Childhood to Adolescence, p. 66)