Opening and Closing: The child works with a variety of bottles and boxes to develop visual-motor coordination. Folding: The child learns to fold and follow visual patterns in an indirect preparation for later work in Geometry. Spooning: The child carefully exchanges beans from one bowl to another. This exercise develops concentration, visual-motor development and coordinates the fingers used for writing. Dry Pouring Pouring Water Polishing Brass/Silver/etc.: The child follows a series of steps to polish items, then return the material to its original order. This exercise develops a sense of order through sequencing. Arranging Flowers: The child follows a series of steps to prepare flowers, cut the stems and create a pleasing arrangement. Setting a Table Practical Life: Care of Self Washing Hands Dressing Frames (buttoning, zipping, tying, lacing) Polishing Shoes Dressing and Undressing Braiding Practical Life: Preliminary Movements How to Carry a Chair How to Roll a Rug How to Carry a Table Lessons in Grace - how to move and behave with care and coordination Lessons in Courtesy - how to relate to other people Practical Life: Inhibition of Movement Walking on the Line: The child participates in a series of activities that involve walking along an ellipse at different paces and rhythms and while sometimes carrying items. This can be done alone or in a group and in silence or with accompanying music or rhythm. These exercises develop selfcontrolled movements, equilibrium, a sense of rhythm, and spatial awareness. Silence Lessons: The child participates in a series of activities that involve becoming as still and quiet as possible. These exercises develop a sense of self-control and heighten social awareness. Sensorial: Cylinder Blocks (dimension): The child removes and replaces cylinders with knobs into blocks with receptacles. This exercise develops a sense of dimension and prepares the three fingers for writing. Pink Tower (large/small): The child builds a tower of cubes, largest to smallest, using a wholehanded grip that emphasizes the size differences of the cubes. This exercise develops a sense of dimension and prepares the mind to think mathematically. Brown Stair (thick/thin): The child arranges a series of prisms to form a stair, that differ in width and height, but are the same in length. This exercise develops a sense of thickness and prepares the mathematical mind. Red Rods (long/short): The child arranges a series of rods that only differ in length. This exercise develops a sense of length and prepares the child to work with the number rods in mathematics. Knobless Cylinders (dimension): The child arranges four separate sets of cylinders by size. These correspond exactly to the Cylinder Blocks. This exercise helps the child to compare dimensions and refine their discrimination. Color Tablets: The child matches sets of colored tablets, then grades different shades of the same colors. This exercise helps the child to learn the names of the colors and develops a sense of color discrimination. Geometric Cabinet (plane figures): The child lifts knobbed, wooden geometric shapes from an inset tray and traces the figures with the writing hand. The child also matches the wooden shapes with corresponding cards that depict the shapes. This exercise helps the child to learn about geometric figures and prepares the hand for writing. Sound Boxes (loud/soft): The child shakes cylinders filled with different substances and matches pairs that sound the same, developing a sense of auditory discrimination. 35