The purpose and aim of Practical Life is to support Life – developing life skills, functional independence, support and develop coordination of movement and also, very important, to learn and absorb skills typical for the child’s cultural context.
Practical Life Exercises also aid the growth and development of the child’s intellect and concentration and will in turn also help the child develop an orderly way of thinking.
As we are all aware, toddlers want to be with adults and to take part in the activities of daily adult life. Practical life activities provides the link between home and school. We give child the time in an unhurried pace and an adult to help if required but not to interfere.
The purpose of the Practical life curriculum in Bumblebees is to improve concentration, co-ordination, control, independence and order which lay the foundation of learning. Toddlers main goal in life is to develop independence and often you will hear “mine”, “me do it” or “NO”. Really what they are saying is “Let me do it by myself”.
“Adults work to finish a task, but the child works in order to grow and is working to create the adult, the person that is to be.” (Montessori)