practical life

The practical life area offers exercises that encourage independence with daily living. Each of the tasks helps the children perfect their coordination and concentration so that they will be able to later work with the more intricate academic materials. Some of the practical life exercises include the dressing boards where children practice tying, zipping and buttoning. Pouring, sweeping and beading also necessary daily living skills are practiced in practical life. On a daily basis, children help prepare their own snacks, whether it be buttering bagels or peeling fruit. They also clean their plates and tables after they have finished eating. Children take pride in keeping their classroom clean and attractive.