Indeed, what is the importance of pouring water, besides it being a very popular activity in the Montessori practical life area? Pouring water from one pitcher to another, a pitcher to a glass, and a pitcher to three glasses, prepares children for more complicated work like washing a table or flower arranging, as well as later geography work when they pour water into Land and Water forms.
It also helps children function better around the Montessori classroom as they are able to pour their own drink at snack time or when they are thirsty. Montessori children also learn about the proper way to clean up after themselves if they have spilled. It gives children the opportunity to demonstrate grace and courtesy when they are able to offer and pour visitors a drink of water.
Why Montessori Students Learn Pouring Water as a Part of Practical Life Curriculum
Pouring ultimately enhances control and coordination. This gives the child more independence both in the Montessori classroom and at home. It is a self-correcting work that needs no teacher intervention. With every turn, the child is learning with improved results and gaining confidence. It maybe frustrating or messy at times, but resist the urge to help. The process is enjoyable for the child and he/she is learning fine and gross motor skills, as well as developing eye-hand coordination, in a safe, prepared environment.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Friday, July 13, 2007.