“If teaching is to be effective with young children, it must assist them to advance on the way to independence. It must initiate them into those kinds of activities, which they can perform themselves. We must help them to learn how to walk without assistance, to run, to go up and down the stairs, to pick up fallen objects, to dress and undress, to wash themselves, to express their needs, and to attempt to satisfy their desires through their own efforts. All this is part of an education for independence." - Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child Practical Life is one of the basic areas in a Montessori curriculum. It prepares a child for other areas involved in a Montessori education Program. The activities of this area teach a child about order, coordination, and independence. Its aim is develop a child’s intellect through innovative activities, to form a logical and ‘orderly’ mind.