About SMMS Curriculum Practical Life
Practical Life

This area of the curriculum focuses on developing independence, confidence, and motor skills which allow children to effectively handle their social and physical environment. Children take pride in independently caring for themselves, others, and their environments, and they begin to develop a love of work.

Early Tasks (primary/kindergarten)

  • Dressing oneself
  • Pouring and carrying liquids without spilling
  • Carrying objects without dropping
  • Putting materials away on the shelves where they belong when finished
  • Working carefully and neatly
  • Dusting and cleaning (tables, windows, etc.)
  • Polishing silver and wood
  • Sweeping floors
  • Flower arranging
  • Caring for plants and animals
  • Table setting
  • Serving oneself and others
  • Folding cloths
  • Using common household tools: tweezers, tongs, eye-droppers, locks, scissors
  • Simple cooking and food preparation
  • Dish washing
  • Weaving, bead stringing, etc.
  • Simple cooking
  • Gardening
  • Grace and courtesy—moving through the area without disturbing others, using manners

This process continues logically so that the older children perform the same tasks but on a more complex level.


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