Activities are the foundation of the Montessori classroom experience. Montessori emphasizes the process over the product, the journey over the destination. Through repetition, children develop and master skills that prepare them for activities of daily living. Practical Life includes pouring, scooping, holding a spoon, squeezing a sponge, balancing a tray, cleaning up any spills, and manners. Older children will learn how to pour measured amounts, and learn precise small movements that develop their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills such as tying a shoelace, buttoning, using a pair of scissors, lacing and sewing. These tasks help children learn concentration, patience, sense of order, and above all, a sense of independence.