As children grow, they are able to do more day to day tasks around LifeWays. The older 2, 3, 4, and 5 year olds often assist me in setting tables, and then have a short circle and story on the rug by the couch. The older two year olds need a bit more management in knowing where the plates, cups, spoons, and bowls go, but they are often my most excited participants. As they get older, the tables are set more tidily and need less management, but the children are less enthusiastic about helping rather than playing. Having chores for the older children is important, however, and their contributions to the community are valued and necessary. I try to allow as much independence as possible in doing these important chores. It may look like just setting a table, but look below the surface and there is quite a bit to be learned about a child from the way they do this task!