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MATERIALA basket containing several of the following: Lamb’s wool duster, optional. Several small brushes, e.g.: various sizes of water color bushes including one which is large/thick. Painter’s brushes -1″ to 2″, one with straight bristles and one with bristles cut obliquely.
A selection of soft flannel cloths, about 8″ square (ideally with small black star at center on both sides to help establish the middle of cloth when folding in the corners). Newsprint, 15″ to 20 square, or a small trash can or bucket.
  1. Invite the child to the lesson.
  2. Explain that the child will learn how to dust.
  3. Ask the child if he knows what dust is.
  4. Explain what dusting is.
  5. Tell the child you are going to look for a dusty shelf to clean.
  6. Once you find one, ask the child to get a rug.
  7. Place the rug a few feet away from the shelf so that it doesn’t block your access to the shelf.
  8. Ask the child to follow you to get the materials.
  9. Pick up the newsprint and ask the child to carry the dusting basket.
  10. Go back to the rug.
  11. Ask the child to watch.
  12. Place the dusting materials and newsprint on the rug.
  13. Take the Montessori materials off the shelf and place them on the rug.
  14. Keep the Montessori materials in their proper order as they were found on the shelf.
  15. Pick up the 2-inch brush.
  16. Holding it with a pincer grip, stroke slowly from left to right, front to back, to half way point of shelf.
  17. Occasionally tap the brush onto the newsprint to clear off the accumulated dust on the bristles.
  18. Grab 1-inch brush and clean corners from front to back, left to right.
  19. Tap the brush onto newsprint to rid of excess dust.
  20. With 2-inch brush, and bucket in subdominant hand, brush the aggregated dust from the middle of the shelf into the bucket.
  21. Tap brush onto newsprint to rid of excess dust.
  22. Pick up the cloth.
  23. Place it flat on the rug.
  24. With a pincer grip, fold the top left corner of the cloth to the center.
  25. Repeat for each corner of the cloth.
  26. With your dominant hand, grasp the cloth where all four corners meet.
  27. Wipe the shelf with the cloth from left to right, front to back, to half way point of shelf.
  28. Carefully pick up newsprint and pour dust into bucket.
  29. Discard of dust in bucket by pouring the bucket into a waste basket.
  30. Ask the child to clean the other half of the shelf.
  31. Show the child the lamb’s wool duster.
  32. Demonstrate how to use the duster on delicate objects.
  33. Gently shake the duster over the newsprint to rid it of the accumulated dust.
  34. Invite the child to try it.
  35. Show the child the round brush.
  36. Demonstrate how to use the round brush on furniture legs such as a table or chair.
  37. Tap the round brush on the newsprint.
  38. Invite the child to try it.
  39. Once done, carefully foid the newsprint in half horizontally.
  40. Fold the newspdnt in haif vertically.
  41. Throw the r.ewsprin:: 2-,vay.
  42. Piace the materia!s back in the basket.
  43. Ask the child to tak(! the basket back to the shelf.
EXCERCISESame as Presentation
POINTS OF INTERESTSeeing dust accumulate, wiping dust away, learning about how everything gets dusty and needs to be cleaned.
PURPOSECare of the environment through cleaning, give a sense of order through a sequence of materials, concentration, independence, perseverance, awareness of surroundings.
AGE3 – 5

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