Arranging Flowers

Material Description: An apron, oil cloth, bucket, basin and matching jug, drying cloth, basket, scissors, spare paper, sponge, two vases of different materials and two coasters to stand them on and a tray (if the materials are not arranged on a table).  The flowers can be brought from the garden or another vase elsewhere in

Dusting a small table (chowki)

Material Description: A tray with a duster and brushes and a chowki already placed to fold duster.  A dusty chowki and pedal bin need to be available. Presentation: With the child examine a chowki or other area for dust, decide to clean it Ask the child to take a duster, carrying it with index and

Pouring using a Funnel

Material Description: A small bottle, a funnel and a jug placed in this order onto a tray, and a drying cloth.  The jug should be filled three-quarters full with water. Presentation: Bring the tray to the chowki Ask her to place the drying cloth in the corner of the tray Place the bottle, funnel and

More Care of the Outdoor Environment Activities

Sweeping paths Caring for outdoor plants Collecting and raking leaves Sowing seeds Planting a small plant Collecting litter with a picker-upper Watering potted plants Feeding birds at a bird table Using a small wheelbarrow Weeding plants The school should have an outdoor space to observe the seasons, to grow shrubs, flowing plants and grasses with

Washing Hands

Material Description: A small, light-weight china, ceramic or steel basin and corresponding jug and bucket, a soap and soap dish and another soap-dish with nail brush, hand lotion, fresh hand towel, drying cloth and apron Presentation: This presentation is given standing at a table Invite the child to the table Put on the aprons, roll

Unfastening and fastening of Ribbons

Material Description: There are two flaps facing each other, but slightly apart.  On each of the flaps are five to six ribbons, the ribbons on one of the flaps are a different colour than the ribbons on the other flap.  The ribbons should have a ‘right’ shiny side and a ‘wrong’, dull side, they are

Unfastening and fastening of Buckles

Material Description: The right flap overlaps the left.  It is better if the flaps are made of leather and the part near to the opening must be.  The buckles with pins are fixed to a strap which is attached at the middle left flap’s rod.  Over the right flap the straps are attached, each with

Threading a Needle and making a Knot

Material Description: A sewing box with darning needles kept in a box, and a plait of thick thread or wool, (ideally rolled into a ball which is teased out from the centre), small reels of thread in different colours, a small pair of scissors, a pin cushion to hold the needle you choose from the

Sewing on a Button

Material Description: A sewing box with darning needles kept in a box, and a plait of thick thread or wool, (ideally rolled into a ball which is teased out from the centre), small reels of thread, buttons and felt all in different colours, a small pair of scissors, an orange stick and a mat. Presentation:

Polishing Shoes

Material Description: A pair of child’s shoes.  In a basket or tray, covered in an oil cloth have a soft applicator brush to apply the polish – it should either have only a few bristles or remove some of the bristles so that only a small amount of polish is used, a medium brush to


Material Description: There are three cords of different colours about one and a half feet long, weighed down and joined at one end and attached to a box. The plat should be wrapped around the weight and carried to the working mat for stages 1 and 2, where it is unrolled, for stages 3 and

Use of Needlework Cards

Material Description: Stage 1 Square cards made of thick cardboard with a variety of lines indicated (horizontal, vertical, diagonal) with holes drilled along the lines at approximately 1/2 inch apart and a blunt needle with doubled thick thread or wool is permanently fastened to one end of the line, when stored the needle is wrapped

Introduction to Care of Person

We clean ourselves and bathe daily, brush our hair and teeth and take care of our nails.  Children often eat lunch and light snacks in the Children’s House, they need to be able to take care of themselves for their own comfort and to be presentable to others.  Personal hygiene is an important part of

Unfastening and Fastening Press Studs

Material Description: The flaps of the press button frame are made of cloth, the edges of the right flap overlap the left flap.  Along the left flap is a series of cavity holes, (the thread of which cannot be seen on the ‘good’ side).  Along the open edge of the right flap are a corresponding

Washing Hands at the Sink

Material Description: Sink at child’s height, soap in a dish and a flannel or small hand towel Presentation: Open the tap a little, wet hands Close the tap Take soap and rub it onto hands Open the tap, move hands through water to wash and rinse Close the tap Dry hands Points of Interest: Suds


Needlework is a global tradition with regional differences used for many practical and aesthetic persons since early man, to express cultural beliefs and individual preferences it reflects the history and philosophy of an area.  Local materials, colours, techniques and symbols are often used, the colour red representing weddings in India and Good Luck in China,

The Three Stages of Presentation

Preparation The Directress first does those preparations which do not involve the child, they are to observe the needs of the child and notice that needs are suggesting that a certain presentation be given, she chooses which type and checks the materials availability and condition. Now the Directress invites the child, naming the activity with

Purpose of Exercises of Practical Life

Independence The infant’s independence is such hat she has already succeeded at being weaned, learnt to talk, walk and run, she knows what she needs to continue developing and if given the necessary freedoms and supports she will follow her ‘inner guide’ to greater physical and psychical independence.  Independence is granted to other animals instinctively

Presentation (Demonstration)

The Directress gives presentations of the materials as a response to an acute need which arises from the child’s Sensitive Periods and her Will to act, so the child gives her full attention, her Absorbent Mind ensures that she is able to pick up many details and having acted on her tendencies for repetition and

Introduction to The Exercises of Practical Life

When the infant enters the Prepared Environment of the Children’s House they do so with accomplishments in Communication, the Mathematical Mind, Sensorial Awareness and Co-ordination.  They are able to walk, talk, carry objects and care for themselves, they have absorbed many daily activities which take place in the home.  At two and a half the

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