Practical Life

Practical life exercises teach children to care for themselves, others and the environment. These activities are some of the most important in the classroom and are also some of the most loved by the children. Through practical life exercises, children are learning to concentrate, to control their muscles, to move and act with a purpose, to focus and to coordinate materials with movement.

Children are shown how to complete each task using a step-by-step procedure and how to complete a cycle of activity in an orderly way. This lays a foundation for them and the logical tasks that await them in mathematics and other more advanced curriculum areas. By mastering practical life exercises, a child gains independence and self-confidence.

Examples of Practical Life Activities:

  • Hand-Washing
  • Dusting
  • Sweeping & Mopping
  • Dish-washing & Table Setting
  • Pouring
  • Grooming & Dressing
  • Sewing
  • Tracing
  • Buttoning, Lacing & Tying
  • Snapping & Zipping
  • Folding
  • Cutting & Pasting