Practical Life

The Practical Life area develops the child's sense of order, concentration, coordination and independence. The Practical Life area incorporates several other "themes", including care of self, care of the environment, care of others, and grace and courtesy. Through these seemingly simple activities, children grow in their ability to concentrate, in their sense of order, in their ability to coordinate their movements and in their independence.

The Practical Life area may include activities such as pouring, using tongs, folding napkins, washing tables, polishing silver, feeding classroom pets, dressing oneself, or learning lessons in grace and courtesy.