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Elementary Practical Life - Beyond Grace and Courtesy

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (ET)

Presenters: Ashley Buntrock, Divina Cruz 
For: Elementary Teachers

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Live Webinar

Individuals (Certificate of Continuing Professional Development for 1 person)
$45/AMS member

Organizations (Unlimited participants at 1 computer; CPD certificates for up to 20 persons)
$175/AMS member organization
$225/non-member organizations

Registration closes at 4:00 PM on the day of the webinar. Registration fees are non-refundable. If you register and then cancel, we will be happy to credit your payment toward another webinar of your choice. Credits may not be used toward the cost of on-demand webinars.

On-Demand Webinar

After the live webinar airs, the presentation will be made available for a 30-day rental via Vimeo On Demand, allowing you to view the webinar at any time, as often as you would like, within your rental period. Please note: the on-demand webinar is not included with registration to the live webinar; it must be purchased separately.

$55/individual (Certificate of Continuing Professional Development for 1 person)
$200/group (CPD certificates for up to 20 persons)


Practical Life is an integral part of the Montessori Elementary classroom—but it can be challenging to find meaningful and purposeful activities for the children in the Montessori second plane of development (ages 6 – 12).

This webinar will focus on the Montessori Elementary Practical Life curriculum through the lens of service-learning in the context of the individual, the classroom, and the greater community. We will illustrate how these activities foster the grace and courtesy that is necessary for developing a service-oriented mindset and future success. We will discuss service and the activities of Elementary Practical Life within the framework of the planes of development and Montessori’s understanding of the human tendencies. We will provide new insight into activities that are meaningful and purposeful to the Elementary child and provide concrete examples and projects.

Learner Outcomes

  • Ability to demonstrate how Elementary Practical Life is different from 3-6 through planes of development and Montessori’s Human Tendencies
  • Understand why Practical Life is important at the Elementary level
  • Feel confident integrating examples and projects provided in your own classrooms

Ashley Buntrock is Elementary coordinator, head Lower Elementary teacher, and faculty lecturer at Seton Montessori School and Institute in Clarendon Hills, IL. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I – II).

Divina Cruz, MA, is head Lower Elementary teacher, practicum coordinator, and faculty lecturer for Seton Montessori School and Institute in Clarendon Hills, IL AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood, and Elementary I).

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