CH Practical Life
These activities help children build independence by exploiting their “sensitive period for order."
Practical Life activities in the Children’s House classroom take advantage of this natural tendency to help children build their independence. Teachers introduce precisely sequenced activities that children then freely chose and repeat as needed or desired.
While the three-year-old child chooses Practical Life activities for the sheer enjoyment of it, the older children undertake these activities to accomplish a goal. All of the children independently practice tasks that have a clear beginning, middle, and ending. The children experience the “narrative” of sequenced learning, and they internalize this order as they improve their ability to concentrate. As the child becomes increasingly able to order her thoughts and to express them clearly, she prepares for developing language and math skills.