Practical Life & Art
Practical life is an area of the classroom designed to help children become more independent in everyday living. The tasks that adults take for granted are broken down into manageable steps that a child can practice. In the course of the day, children might perfect their ability to pour themselves a drink or serve a snack, learn how to scrub a table, sweep the floor or polish a mirror. They might choose to use dressing frames to understand how buttons work or learn to tie shoes.
Art materials are carefully chosen and available to the children at all times. Art is a creative process and one that is essential overall intellectual, emotional , and expressive development of the child. Many skills are naturally developed when a child freely uses art materials. These include fine and gross motor skills.