“The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.”
― Maria Montessori
Have you ever been amazed by how much preschoolers are willing to help out with chores? They love being able to help out and do things that adults can do. I particularly remember when Junior was young, he loved trying to carry groceries across to the kitchen and stack them up in the cupboards. I always made sure that there was a small bag with a few of his stuff that he can carry across. Of course, these were ‘dumped’ into the drawers more than stacked! Nevertheless, I made sure that I always thanked him for his help and always expressed how much he has grown! His pleasure at having helped out was always obvious!
Apart from the groceries, Junior would always come running when I was dusting too. He loved it. At times, I had to re-do it, but getting kids to start learning to clean is a habit that you will start to appreciate as they get older!
So here’s our next Practical Life Activity – Dusting!!
What you will need:
- A duster
- A bin
- Dusty table or other furniture within reach of your little one
- Point out the dust and let your little one know that cleaning off these dust makes your house clean to live in and pretty.
- Using a duster or cloth, show your child how to clean the area – from the near end to the far end.
- Show your little one that dusting is not only done on the top! Point out to the under side, legs, behind and sides of the furniture.
- Also point out to items placed on the furniture – cushions, photo-frames, vases etc, these needs to be picked up, placed on the floor and the dust where these were placed should be cleaned.
- Don’t forget to clean the stuff you picked up too!
- Now place everything where it was. It’s a good idea to ask your child if he remembers where they were.
- Shake the duster into the bin
- Ask your little one to repeat on another piece of furniture or ask him to join you.
You can now ask your little one to notice if all the dust has been removed. If there is any left, wipe it clean!
- This is a wonderful opportunity to get your kids on the right track to learning that cleanliness is extremely important. It’s also important to teach tidiness – put things back where you take them from. Trust me, you’ll be thanking yourself for this later!
- Take it one step further! A pair of gloves, a sponge and spray liquid. They’ll love spraying the cleaner. (Very Important-Make sure the cleaning liquid is non-toxic or you can just fill a sprayer with water.)
- If you are hesitant about dust, try getting your little one to wear a dust mask. This is a particularly good idea if your little one has dust allergies or is prone to wheezing.
Smiles all around as he is able to perform a very adult like task!
Congratulations again Mumsible! You now have a little helper! The future looks a bit more cleaner and tidier. Spring cleaning and daily chores are looking a bit more easier!
Do let me know how this task goes!
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