Practical Life

A typical day may include the gathering for a morning greeting. This may also include singing and possibly a lesson to begin a new unit of study.  Materials will be placed in the areas of learning that will include levels of ability and interest.
The children are free to move about the room making their own choices of work from the areas of practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, art and the sciences.

The children will be free to make their own snack, or allow for a great social opportunity to prepare and share a snack.
This may include spreading jam, using a toaster, or cutting fruit. Snack also includes following through with cleaning
his space. The child will be washing the table, cleaning his plate and maybe even using a broom to clean up crumbs.


Practical life materials help the child gain independence and an ability to concentrate. As he masters
each exercise he becomes more confident and is excited to move to more difficult levels of work.


Practical Life lessons are loved by the young child. These lessons help lengthen
attention span
and aid in the development of fine motor development.


Pouring exercises are prepared by the teacher with beautiful materials to draw the child’s interest. Each lesson offers a point
of interest
, whether it be the colored water to pour or use in a dropper, polish for wood, or a really interesting container.


The preliminary lessons are simple and isolate a particular skill, such as squeezing a sponge, spooning or tweezing. Motives of perfection can be added to increase the challenge, interest and ability for the child. For example: “ Let’s see if you can place the cup on the table without any sound.”


The materials allow for order and coordination and to help meet the final goal of the child – to do for himself.