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Material

Broom, dust pan, hand broom.

Presentation

  1. Invite the child to the lesson.
  2. Explain that the child will learn how to sweep.
  3. Show the child the mess on the floor.
  4. Show the child the broom.
  5. Tell the child you will leave some of the mess for him to sweep.
  6. Ask the child to watch you.
  7. Place your dominant hand around the broom near the top, pause.
  8. Place your subdominant hand around the broom near the middle, pause.
  9. Touch the bristles of the broom to the floor, pause.
  10. Slowly move the broom forward, towards the mess, pause.
  11. Slowly lift the broom up just a couple of inches off the floor, pause.
  12. slowly move the broom backwards towards you, pause.
  13. Touch the bristles of the broom to the floor, pause.
  14. Continue slowly sweeping the mess into one pile as described above.
  15. Place the broom back.
  16. Point to the pile.
  17. Hold the dust pan with your subdominant hand.
  18. Hold the hand broom with your dominant hand.
  19. Get down on one knee near the pile.
  20. Slowly place the dust pan near the pile, pause.
  21. Slowly touch the bristles of the hand broom to the floor, pause.
  22. Rotate the position of the hand broom so that your hand is at a 45 degree angle, pause.
  23. Slowly bring the hand broom towards the mess while straightening your hand upwards.
  24. In the same position, move the part of the mess into the dustpan.
  25. Repeat this process until your mess is cleaned up.
  26. Stand up slowly.
  27. Carefully walk to a trash can.
  28. Slowly dump the mess from the dustpan into the trash.
  29. Place the dustpan and the hand broom back in their places.
  30. Ask the child to perform the exercise

Exercise

Same as presentation.

Points of Interest

Cleaning the entire mess off of the floor and not leaving behind anything, carefully holding the dust pan so that nothing spills out, emptying the dustpan so not mess remains in it.

Purpose

Care of the environment through cleaning, giving a sense of order through a sequence of materials, independence, and awareness of surroundings.

Age

3 to 5

Notes

You could create a mess, e.g. with small pieces of paper or with potting soil, however you want the child to be able to understand that we don’t make messes on purpose; preferably there will be a naturally made mess that the child can clean up.

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