Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Education, Montessori

First Advisor

Patricia Barton

Second Advisor

Sarah Hassebroek


Montessori Early Childhood


"This study aims to determine the effects Practical Life activities have on the process of normalization of students in a Montessori primary classroom. The research took place over six weeks and included 22 participants. Each day the participants were given Practical Life lessons, such as dry pouring, rolling up a work mat, walking around the ellipse, etc. Students who can concentrate and work freely in the Montessori classroom are moving toward normalization. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected to examine the effects of how Practical Life activities assist the process of normalization of children ages 3-6. Findings suggest that given that students are given Practical Life activities, it is proven to help guide the normalization of the children in the Montessori classroom. When the children are self-regulated and deeply engaged in their work, they are normalized. Keywords: Practical Life, normalization, concentration, self-regulation"