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. 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.
In the video below, DeAnna Deleon, Lead Toddler Directress, continues our Practical Life Series, In The Home. Here you will hear helpful ways in which you can support your child and create an orderly environment throughout your home. When everything has its own place and the environment is organized it makes it easier for the child and the adult to maintain a neat and productive atmosphere. In the words of DeAnne, “Providing prepared Practical Life work in the home helps the child feel more like a part of the family.”
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