The Practical Life area is essential for a strong Montessori educational foundation. In this area a child is learning control of movement (fine motor skills), concentration span, self-confidence and a love of learning. The Practical Life activities consist of familiar objects that a child would normally see every day. The activities are designed for children to feel comfortable and be able to master with purposeful attempts. Practical Life activities fall into four main categories: care of self, grace and courtesy, control of movement and care of the environment. The goal of these activities is not only to help children build self-confidence in their working abilities, but to expose the children to fundamental work that builds up their concentration span with activities they will encounter through adulthood.