This area assists in refining the movements of the child through activities such as pouring, sponging spooning, and stringing. The child will practice the “Practical” tasks in life such as our button dressing frame, screwdriver board, polishing a mirror, sweeping, and cutting cucumbers. As the year progresses, the tasks grow in refinement and complexity to increase concentration and a growing sense of order. Materials are sequenced so that each new activity challenges the child to focus and organize to complete the task at hand.
“The exercises of practical life are formative activities, work of adaptation to the environment. Such adaptation to the environment and efficient functioning therein is the very essence of a useful education.”