Practical Life

The term Practical Life Exercises refer to the simple daily performed activities, eg: sweeping, mopping and carrying objects etc. which Man the adult carries out in his environment in order to maintain proper conditions.

The essential requirement is to have a carefully prepared environment which provides all these activities where the child can develop in a perfect and orderly manner.

These exercises of practical life are classified into four basic groups according to their external purpose.

Introductory Exercises

These are simplest activities taken from other major areas. These consists of very simple movements. Eg: carrying a chair, a tray, or a jug, rolling and unrolling mats, picking up  and putting down objects without making a noise etc…

 

Exercises of Personal care (care of oneself)

These activities will help the child to be able to take care of personal needs like washing hands, combing etc..

 

Excercises of care for the environment (Care of environment)

These activities provide the child to be able to participate in the maintenance and restoration of the environment and therefore help more in his adaptation and orientation to it. These include activities such as sweeping, polishing, watering plants etc..

 

Excercises of grace and courtesy (Social behavior)

These are very important for an early adaptation to the society to which the child belongs as these help him to become aware of and learn the customs and courtesies of his group. These include exercises like how to greet people, how to ask for something  eg: “please”… thank you”

 

What would the child achieve while and after working with the activities provided in Exercises of Practical Life?

  • The child would gain control in the coordination of his movements
  • Acquire independence
  • Adapt to society and become a fully functional member of his society
  • Helps in growth and development of his intellect, concentration and WILL
  • Helps the develop an orderly way of thinking

How can you help your child at home?

  • Provide simple activities as early as 18 months eg: to hold a cup, to sit on a small chair, to keep a toy in the correct place, at around 2 ½ years to put his dirty clothes to the basket, to place his slippers , shoes in the correct place, to wash a plate and a cup, putting away his toys etc..these activities helps in maintain order, builds confidence and thereby self esteem in a child while acquiring control of his movements and independence. The child also learns to abide by simple instructions
  • Advice to refrain from doing anything that a child can do for himself
  • Knowing that your child can think and do things  for himself in the absence of parents should be the  greatest satisfaction that a parent could have..