During the holidays, our pre-primary classroom focused on the theme of the winter season. The children used red, green and blue colors for thier Crayon Work because these colors represent the holiday season.

Along with their teachers, they talked about different holiday decorations as they decorated the classroom with Christmas and Hanukkah decorations. They enjoyed the decorations on the small holiday tree.

Other projects they did related to the holidays including stringing beads to make candy canes. They enjoyed the work and wanted to bring home their fnished products.

The pre-primary classroom for the two to three year-old child involves exercises in practical life, which are the most important in the Montessori classroom. It is through these exercises that a child learns how to work. The child needs to have the opportunity to practice purposeful activity at an early age in order to be able to focus later on.

The Montessori approach provides exercises so that children learn to care for themselves and their environment and demonstrates the grace and courtesy required to smoothly interact with the society they live in. The goal is for children to learn independence and acquire confidence to trust in their abilities. Acquiring practical life skills  allows children to become physically and mentally competent, by encouraging repetition of various real-world tasks. This gives them a feeling of self confidence that comes from within themselves, and cannot be taken away.