That’s right, Julia Child attended Montessori school and credits that education (in her book Julia Child and Company) for her love of working with her hands. Actually, I see much more Montessori than that in Mrs. Child. A pioneer. Montessori kids have the courage and the creativity to be pioneers. A sense of fun. It didn’t look like work. When a group of parents and teachers sat down together to describe Montessori graduates, one of the characteristics was, “They are fun to be around. Their enthusiasm, civility, and respect for others are contagious.”
Early Practical Life Activities for toddlers are a great stepping stone for further learning. A child learns to master his or her environment by learning skills for independence, and mastery of these skills paves the way to intellectual learning. Completion of practical life skills seems to put a longing for intellectual learning for young children.