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Practical Life
The exercises of everyday life are the ordinary tasks of home culture. The child is attracted to these activities as they are the ways of the people. They are meaningful, easily understood, creative, and filled with intricate movements. They appeal to his will, lead to greater physical skills, perfection of movement and concentration. They are purposeful and engage his intellect, and he is increasingly attracted to the order and precision that is required to perform them. They help him function independently.

These are four groups of activities:
  1. Care of self: Dressing activities such as buttoning, bow-tying, lacing etc.
  2. Development of Social Relations: Greetings, serving, accepting, thanking etc.
  3. Care of Environment: Cleaning, Gardening, Sweeping, Polishing etc.
  4. Movement: Balancing, Walking on a line etc.