This area of the classroom contains materials which provide tasks that the child sees in everyday life. Their familiarity draws the child to work. All the tools are child-sized to aid the child in performing the task successfully. Practical life exercises are designed to help the child gain independence, self-confidence, coordination, concentration and a sense of order.
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Daily routines form the basis for the toddler classroom experience as the children encounter the process of self-care in a prepared environment. This area provides the foundation for all other areas of the classroom and is a haven to which the child may return at times to renew herself. Some practical life activities include:
- Window washing
- Dressing frames
- Baby washing
- Clothes washing
- Hanging up and putting on Jackets
- Putting on shoes and socks
- Plant washing
- Glass polishing
- Dish washing
- Food preparation
- Shoe cleaning
- Fruit and vegetable scrubbing