^^e's practical life shelf^^
A few lessons I've put together to support the development of Elise's coordination and control of movement...
^^transferring eggs (whole hand)^^
^^transferring pom poms (melon baller)^^
Lately, I've been debating whether or not to continue preparing these types of lessons for Elise... Is it as meaningful to spoon pom poms between two bowls on a tray as it is to scoop spices into a pot of soup? Yes? No? While I don't think these lessons should replace authentic practical life exercises - cooking, cleaning, caring for oneself, etc - I do think they can be offered as a valuable supplement.
Like authentic practical life exercises, these lessons:
- develop strength, coordination, and muscle control
- encourage concentration, carefulness, and precision
- provide indirect preparation for writing, reading, and mathematics
- foster independence
Ultimately, the biggest benefit I see in preparing practical life lessons for Elise, in addition to including her in authentic practical life work, is that it offers her freedom of choice - she can decide when, where, and for how long she wants to work. Honestly, at 21 months of age, she has limited freedom in choosing authentic practical life work - she often has to wait for me or work at my pace to reach my adult goals. I know this will all change as Elise gets older, and I'll probably reevaluate the purpose of her practical life shelf several more times... but for now, it stays.
What do YOU think? Do you prepare practical life lessons in addition to including your child in authentic practical life work? Why or why not?