The Practical Life area is truly the foundation of a successful Montessori classroom.  Through the special dimension of our human tendency for activity, the child experiences the powerful motivation to take action, use, and partake in the activities of the Practical Life Area.  The activities are exercises of purposeful movements designed to match the spontaneous need for activeness or work. Children will look for meaningful work, and since many of the Practical Life Activities are things they see their parents, teachers, and other adults doing (think sweeping, washing a table, watering a plant, or setting the dinner table), they are often eager to imitate and practice such an event. The child will work to do the activity with exactness through concentration and repetition, as a way to orient herself to the classroom.   This way, the child is prepared to embark into other Areas of the classroom beyond the Practical Life Area.