Practical Life is a curriculum area which includes materials and lessons to hone coordination and skill in activities of daily living. This curriculum includes four major sections: Care of Self, Life Skills, Grace and Courtesy, and Care of the Environment.

What do those materials and lessons look like? Here are some examples of our hardworking students.

Care of Self:

  • Dressing frames
  • Shoe tying
  • Nose blowing
  • Hand washing
  • Putting on a jacket (for younger students this may be the coat flip)
  • Putting on gloves or mittens
  • Calming oneself
  • Exercise

Life Skills:

  • Food preparation
  • Cooking
  • Sewing
  • Using hand tools
  • Sorting items
  • Running a business

Grace and Courtesy

  • Setting a table
  • Offering food or drink
  • Learning how to apologize
  • Conflict resolution
  • Offering or asking for help
  • Use of courtesy words
  • Using table manners

Care of the Environment (Classroom, Home, Community, Earth):

  • Pouring
  • Transferring
  • Cleaning
  • Polishing
  • Sweeping
  • Gardening
  • Community Service projects

Through these activities children develop

  • a sense of independence and stewardship
  • trust in his/ her own abilities
  • concentration
  • the feeling of contributing to his/ her community