Children in a Montessori classroom learn to value and take care of their environment. They mop the floor, sweep, water the plants, clean tables and feed the animals amongst other things. These are activities the children are attracted to and ask to do every day! This young child asked if he could have a lesson on dusting the plant.
First the child brings the plant and the materials to a table.
He lays out all of the pieces on a table.
A tiny pitcher is filled with water and poured into the bowl.
He uses the brush to gently dust off each leaf.
This task helps to extended the ability to concentrate!
The child takes the cotton ball, dips it into the water and squeezes it out.
He then polishes each dusted leaf with water.
Finally, the plant is misted and looks beautiful.
This child had a huge smile on his face when he was done!
One of the many works we do in the practical life area is that of transferring items. This may be using a spoon to transfer beans from one bowl to the next or using a sponge to transfer water from one bowl to the next. The children strengthen their fine motor skills and learn to become more independent in these types of skills. This is a variation that works as those with more skilled fine motor skills can use tweezers and those on the path of refining their skills can use their fingers. These types of activities also help to develop concentration and they satisfy the child’s need for order.
The children learn how to take care of plants which includes dusting off leaves. The child dusts of the leaves with a brush. (This plant is a good specimen as you can see the dust build up on each leaf.)
A cotton ball is dipped into water and then the leaf is washed off.
This type of work is very satisfying to the child. They can see how the leaves shine when they are finished.