Practical Life Ideas for the Monarchs
Updated: Mar 24, 2020
These are activities that the children practice at school. These instructions are very specific but these are the steps that the teachers follow at school. Please modify these instructions to suit your needs at home.
Walking on the Line (Control of Movement)
The Red Line
A hand-held Flag
A Bell on a string
A Small Glass of Water filled to the rim
1. Invite the children to all stand on the line, equidistance from each other.
2. Ask them that when the music begins, please walk on the line is a normal manner, but
keeping the same distance from the person in front of them.
3. Once the music has stopped, they can all have a seat where they were.
4. Start playing the music and stop it when you feel they are losing their concentration.
5. Discuss as a group how this was for each of the children. Tell the children that they are free to walk on the line just as you did today whenever they would like.
When the children from this group are comfortable enough with this step, move on to Step 2.
1. Invite the children who have been successful in Step 1 and who need more of a
challenge and have them sit next to the line.
2. Tell them that this time when the music starts, you would like them to walk on the line by placing their feet heel to toe.
3. Remind them to keep the same distance from the person in front of them and once the music has stopped, they can all have a seat where they were.
4. Have them stand on the line, equidistance from each other. Start playing the music and stop it when you feel they are losing their concentration.
5. Discuss as a group how this was for each of the children.
6. Tell the children that they are free to walk on the line just as you did today whenever
they would like. When the children are comfortable enough with this step, move on to Step 3.
This step has four subdivisions to it:
A. Walking on the line while carrying a hand flag or bell.
B. Walking one the line while carrying a glass of water.
C. Walking on the line while carrying 2 different objects.
D. Walking on the line with something on your head
Preparing a Snack
A Mat (cloth)
A Small Trash Bin
A Paper Cloth
A Container for the Small Knife and (optional) a Peeler
A Small Knife
A Small Plate
One Cutting Board
A Fruit or Vegetable to cut
Prepare a table to do the activity on and place a small stool next to the table. Core the apple and cut it in half so it will not slide during your cutting. Invite a child to come by telling them you have something to show them. Have the child bring the tray for preparing a snack. Place it on the stool next to the table. Tell the child that you will show him how to prepare a snack (an apple in this case). Slowly take off the napkin ring by sliding it up the rolled mat and place the ring in the top left corner of the table. Place the flap of the mat on the right side of the table and roll out the mat in a horizontal way. Turn the mat over so the oilcloth side is facing up. Tell the child that because we are preparing a snack, we must do so with clean hands. Then you and the student wash your hands. Choose a fruit or vegetable to cut. (All foods should be cut in half by the
teacher so that it does not slide around while you cut.) Come back to the table and place the food onto the plate. Have the child sit down first and then you sit down.
1. Begin by taking each object out of the basket starting with the trash bin, the sponge on the dish, the paper towel, and the container with the knife.
2. Place these objects in the left-to-right order at the top of your board.
3. Then take out the cutting board and place it in the center of the mat in front of you.
4. Then take out the small plate and place it to the right of the cutting board.
5. As you take each of the objects out one by one, name them or have the child name them if you feel he may know the answer.
6. Then stand up and take the plate to where the food is stored. Place the apple half onto the plate and bring it back to its spot on the table.
7. Sit down and place the apple in the center of the cutting board.