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Table Washing

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Material

A large tray for placement and carrying of smaller items.
Three soap dishes (for soap, a brush, and sponge)
Small scrubbing brush.
Small sponge.
Small bar of soap.
Pitcher.
Basin or bowl.
Pail or bucket with handle.
Small terry cloth.
Small apron.

Presentation

  1. Invite the child to the lesson.
  2. Explain that the child will learn how to wash a table.
  3. Put an apron on and ask the child to put his on.
  4. Ask the child to choose a table to wash.
  5. Move the chair to the left of the table so that it’s out of the way.
  6. Ask the child to lay a rug down to the right of the table.
  7. Show the child the table washing tray.
  8. Ask him to take it to the rug.
  9. Ask the child to watch.
  10. Place the small dishes at the front of the tray.
  11. Place the sponge on the left dish.
  12. Place the soap on the middle dish.
  13. Place the brush on the right dish.
  14. Fill the pitcher up with water.
  15. Pour water into the bowl.
  16. With your dominant hand, wet the sponge in the bowl, pause.
  17. Lift the sponge, pause.
  18. Squeeze the water out of the sponge, pause.
  19. Stand up in front of the table.
  20. Starting at the top, wipe the table left to right with the sponge till you reach the halfway point of the table.
  21. Tell the child you will leave half of the table for him to wash.
  22. Go back to the rug.
  23. Place the sponge back on its dish.
  24. Pick up the brush with your dominant hand.
  25. We the brush and lightly tap it three times to rid of excess water.
  26. Pick up the soap with your subdominant hand.
  27. Wipe the soap onto the brush back and forth a few times to be sure the brush has enough soap.
  28. Place the soap back on its dish.
  29. Stand up in front of the table.
  30. Starting at the top, wipe your half of the table with the soapy brush in a clockwise motion, left to right.
  31. Point to all the suds on the surface of the table.
  32. Go back to the rug.
  33. Place the brush back into the water to rinse it of suds.
  34. Tap it three times and then place the brush back on its dish.
  35. Pick up the sponge with your dominant hand.
  36. With your dominant hand, wet the sponge in the bowl, pause.
  37. Lift the sponge, pause.
  38. Squeeze the water out of the sponge, pause.
  39. Stand up in front of the table.
  40. Starting at the top, wipe the table left to right with the sponge till you reach the halfway point of the table.
  41. Point to any suds on the edges of the table.
  42. Wipe the suds on the edges away with the sponge.
  43. Go back to the rug.
  44. Place the sponge on its dish.
  45. Pick up the towel.
  46. Fold it over your hand as you did in the shoe polishing exercise.
  47. Stand up in front of the table.
  48. Starting at the top, dry the table with the towel from left to right.
  49. Go back to the rug.
  50. Place the towel down on the tray.
  51. Loosen the soap on the edge of the water bowl.
  52. Pour the water from the bowl into the bucket.
  53. Pour just enough more water into the bowl.
  54. Gently swirl the water in the bowl.
  55. Pour the water from the bowl into the bucket.
  56. Ask the child to perform the exercise.
  57. After the child completes the exercise and cleans his bowl, show him how to clean up the rest.
  58. Pour the remaining water in the pitcher into the bucket.
  59. Poor the bucket of water into the waste water.
  60. Using the towel, dry the pitcher, bowl, plates, and tray.
  61. Place the sponge, soap, and brush back into the bucket.
  62. Place the towel on the drying rack and put a clean dry towel on the tray.
  63. Take the tray to the shelf.

Exercise

Same as presentation.

Points of interest

Sponge absorbing water, suds appearing, wiping the edges of the table clean with the cloth.

Purpose

Care of the environment through cleaning, give a sense or order through a sequence of materials, independence, awareness of surroundings, motive for activity, coordination.

Age

2 1/2 to 4

Notes

Lesson should/could be given very early as it has to do with the child’s formation, movement leads to writing.

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