|Some of the earliest lessons are how to put on and take off an apron, and how to carry a tray (hands in the middle, thumbs up, flat, at belly button height!)|
|Simple pouring from one container to another progresses to dividing water evenly between two containers, then using a funnel|
|Variations of water transfer with baster, sponge, or dropper|
|The progression for sweeping skills starts with using a small hand broom to sweep up beans on a tray|
While sweeping is a valuable life skill in itself, we have several larger purposes for these types of activities. Physically, the children are developing coordination. Cognitively, they are learning to plan, initiate, and complete a task - executive functions that are essential skills for life. Socially and emotionally, the children build their confidence by knowing they have acquired meaningful skills and feel capable and connected when they can help take care of their classroom.
Children are also equipped and empowered to care for the classroom environment by washing tables and chairs (many-step processes that are great for building executive functions)
Cloth washing (very satisfying to scrub clean the small cloths we use for dusting!) and watering plants
All this work with water inevitably results in some spills on the floor, which provides opportunity to learn the importance of cleaning them up right away for everyone's safety. (Teaching pro-social skill of considering the needs of others)
|Many young children enjoy folding classroom towels and cloths with great precision|
All these activities help children feel ownership in their classroom and encourage them to notice and take responsibility for the space.
|Extracting pumpkin seeds for roasting|
|Hammering golf tees into a pumpkin as introductory hammering work and collaborative way to carve a pumpkin face|