Practical Life for Elementary
Entering the second plane of development (ages 6-12), the Elementary child is ready to take on the universe with their logical and reasoning mind. They are trying to figure out their environment. They are asking “Why?” and want to know how things will benefit them and others. They are eager to find out, “If you do this, then this happens,” and how do rules apply, and are increasingly aware of the gray areas in life.
Friends are very important at this age. Children are constantly combining lessons of grace and courtesy, care of the person, and care of the environment to navigate and maintain their relationships.
Elementary children are building on the Practical Life lessons learned in Primary and combining them with reasoning, memory work, and their intellect. These skills help tremendously with problem solving. Practical Life lessons at this age are leading children into the world.
- Care of the Person
- Washing hands, basic hygiene, and learning how to sneeze without spreading germs are all-important tasks that Elementary student are learning to manage on their own.
- Care of the Environment and Community
- Students are tasked with the care of the plants, gardens, and animals in their classroom. They are responsible for creating the schedules and implementing the care to feed the animals and clean their environments.
- Students also maintain and develop the “rules of the playground.”
- Grace and Courtesy
- Students at this age are handling the arrangements for going out and taking field trips. They need to be able to make phone calls, speak with people, ask questions, and make decisions. They are a part of the budgeting process and the decisions made to stay within a defined budget. This is regularly accomplished by weekly trips to the grocery store to buy snacks and food for their weekly meal.
- Because the students work in a collaborative environment to accomplish the classroom tasks, they must work together to create plans, schedules and rules. This practical life lesson is the basis for talking about government, politics, and the Roberts Rules of Order.