Practical life activities are at the forefront of the activities offered here at Mindful Moments. Not only are the children highly attracted to these activities, they teach the children many meaningful skills. These activities set the foundation for more complex lessons. For example, when learning how to pour from a jug to a glass they are indirectly learning a sequential order of steps, which prepares the child for language and math lessons to come. Math, reading and language lessons require the child to have the ability to focus, complete a task following a sequence of steps, to concentrate and complete a work cycle from start to finish.
While a child repeats these activities, many life skills are acquired. They are developing fine motor skills, learning how to persevere as well as developing independence and concentration. These are the purposes of practical life activities. As the child works with the materials, a sense of order and increased independence is attained as well. Many of the activities aid in strengthening the child’s hand, which in turn will allow them better control when it is time to learn how to write.
An important part of this process is modeling to the child how to do the activity. We will sit to the side of the child and ask them to watch at first. We will silently go through the notions to complete the activity, being very purposeful and using great care so the child will be able to observe the whole process. When we are done, we will put the activity back to it's beginning state and let the child know they can give it a try.
Here are some of the recent trays we have prepared for the children:
I hope this has provided you with some inspiration on how to bring these activities to the children in your life. If you have any great practical life activities to share, please do so in the comments below.