An anecdote from an MSLF Parent: “My daughter who will be 4 years old in November came home from Montessori School of Lake Forest today and with a bounce in her step and twinkling eyes showed me this piece of fabric with a button sewn in the center. You can only imagine my own enthusiasm when I realized that she (not even 4 yet!) had done this work herself.”
Through this challenging practical life work, a young child learns how to use thread, a needle, fabric, scissors, and a button with the ultimate goal of sewing the button onto a piece of fabric. In the process, she learns so much more: fine motor control, the development of concentration, the responsibility of working with sharp objects, and the execution and completion of a task. Montessori education challenges children to push their limits and realize their potentials, and often to surprise the adults around them of their capabilities.