Practical Life

Beading is used to develop manual dexterity, which is needed for writing (holding and controlling a pencil)

Within our Practical Life curriculum, we use household materials to teach practical skills such as tying shoes, putting on outerwear, cleaning up after a meal, or keeping activity areas clean. Included in our Practical Life curriculum are our Grace and Courtesy lessons. These lessons teach appropriate communications with friends, family, and teachers and help students to develop the skills needed to build positive relationships with others in their community.

Practical life activities give children an understanding of their environment and how it works. This builds the child’s self-esteem, making him feel of value. In addition, practical life activities develop manual dexterity.

“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” - Dr. Maria Montessori