LE Practical Life

Practical Life activities in Lower Elementary revolve around the child’s natural interest in peer relationships and in the world around him.

While the Practical Life curriculum builds upon the skills developed in the Children’s House, elementary students focus on the completion of the task, rather than the earlier concentration on sequence and process. For this reason, elementary practical life activities highlight specific and collective goals.

Elementary students work to create a caring classroom community. Teachers guide them in developing the patience and listening ability that they need to help others, to mediate conflicts, and to observe ground rules. As they grow up in the community, they observe and then adopt the special responsibilities attendant to being an elder to younger classmates. They learn how to be a responsible individual within a group. They naturally become interested in differences among their friends. They investigate and understand varying learning styles, cultural backgrounds, and interests.

Practical life activities for this age group are often interwoven with learning responsibilities. With increased academic demands comes a greater need for independence. Teachers support Lower Elementary students to identify their individual challenges, and they expect that each student will work to overcome them. For Lower Elementary students, time management, focus, self-care, caring for the environment, and caring for the community are among the practical life skills integral to building confidence and life skills.
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