Some of our practical life exercises help develop small motor coordination, and teach skills which are "practical" for life! Spooning, pouring, using the pincher grip, using scissors, and sorting are examples of this kind of work. Here are some pictures!
|This is pouring! We start by pouring larger dry items, and progress by stages to water and |
eventually (with one of the meditations on communion) to wine.
|These baskets hold items the children transfer using their whole hand. They love to examine and hold these beautiful nuts!|
|With this work, the children transfer water from one bowl to the other with a sponge. This is great preparation for cleaning up water spilled on a tray.|
Some of the practical life materials teach the children ways to care for the environment. Wiping up spills, sweeping the floor, washing dishes, arranging flowers, polishing silver, and dusting are all examples of practical life which help children to be responsible for the atrium and allow them to function independently. Because we use "real" materials in the atrium, such as glass dishes and child-sized utensils and tools, practical life enhances a child's respect for the environment and deepens their knowledge of how to care for the things around them.
|This is sweeping on a tray. The children use the skills gained here frequently when they spill other practical life materials! :)|
|This is a mirror polishing work. The children in the Good Shepherd Atrium also learn to polish silver and brass. They find this to be very relaxing work!|
|The children enjoy dusting the shelves and other materials in the room.|
|Here you can see the carpet sweeper the children use to clean the carpets, and the broom and the white square on the tile used to learn to sweep the floor.|