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Wood Polishing

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Wood polish in a small dropper bottle.
Small dish (ideally made of wood).
Cotton applicator cloths, about 4″ squared.
Buffing cloths, about 6″ to 8″ squared.


  1. Invite the child to the lesson.
  2. Explain that the child will learn how to polish wood.
  3. Put an apron on along with the child.
  4. Show him the tray and underlay.
  5. Ask him to pick a table.
  6. Ask him to bring the tray.
  7. Bring the underlay.
  8. Ask him to place the trace at the top of the table.
  9. Remove the wooden underlay ring, place it on the table.
  10. Slowly unroll the underlay.
  11. Flip the underlay over so it’s right-side up.
  12. Tell the child that you now need an object to polish but that you can polish somethings but not others.
  13. Walk around the classroom with the child, looking for wooden objects.
  14. Offer the child two or three choices.
  15. Ask the child to bring the object to the table.
  16. Ask the child to watch.
  17. Place the wood polish bottle in the left corner of the underlay.
  18. Next to the bottle place the small wooden dish.
  19. To the right of the dish place the applicator cloth.
  20. Next to the applicator cloth place the buffing cloth.
  21. To the right of the buffing cloth place the sponge.
  22. Hold the bottle with a subdominant pincer grip.
  23. Slowly open the polish bottle with a dominant pincer grip.
  24. Squeeze two drops of the polish into the bowl.
  25. Close the polish bottle.
  26. Pick up the small applicator cloth with your dominant hand.
  27. Rub the applicator cloth in the wooden polish dish.
  28. Show the child the applicator cloth’s appearance with the with polish.
  29. Slowly rub the applicator cloth’s appearance with the polish.
  30. Once the desires areas of the object have had polish applied, set the applicator cloth down.
  31. Pick up the buffer cloth with your dominant hand.
  32. Unfold the buffer cloth in front of you.
  33. With your dominant hand, place your three innermost fingers facing upward on the cloth.
  34. Fold the left side over your fingers.
  35. Fold the right side over your fingers.
  36. Fold the top over your fingers.
  37. Place your thumb over the fold.
  38. With the buffer cloth, go over the area where you’ve applied the polish.
  39. Point out that there is now a nice shine.
  40. Ask the child to perform the exercise.
  41. Once he is done, show him how to clean up.
  42. Ask him if he remembers where the objects goes in the classroom.
  43. Ask him to place it back.
  44. Place the polish bottle back in the tray.
  45. Examine the bowl, clean out any remaining polish with the applicator cloth.
  46. Place the bowl back in the tray.
  47. Place the dirty applicator cloth in the laundry and replace it in the tray.
  48. Place the dirty buffer cloth in the laundry and replace it in the tray.
  49. Clean the underlay with the sponge, starting in the top corner, going from left to right.
  50. Place the sponge in the tray.
  51. Flip the underlay over.
  52. Slowly roll the underlay up.
  53. Place the wooden ring around the underlay.
  54. Ask the child to carry back the tray.
  55. Ask the child to place the underlay to the left of the tray.
  56. Take off your aprons.


Same as presentation.

Points of Interest

Finding something made of wood, getting just a little bit of polish, laying the materials in sequence, grim on the applicator cloth.


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


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Color coding is important so that materials don’t get mixed up with other activities.
Discussing not only what is made of wood but how some wood doesn’t shine very well or that it can be hard to clean.

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