Life Skills

A child’s own sense of discipline comes through self-awareness and an understanding of expectations.

How to do a presentation


Recommended:

Montessori World 

Teaches how to present material  and new skills to young children in a way they will understand.

 

Shu-Chens Montessori albums

Gives full activities in the order they should be presented to children. She fully explains each activity,  how to present each activity and the control error.

Montessori Practical Life Skills

Including caring for yourself, your environment, courtesy, and body movement. 

Recommended books:

Montessori Basic: Activities for Under- Fives by David Gettman

 Teaching Montessori in the Pre-school Years by Elizabeth Hainstock

Walking on a line, opening and closing a drawer using a handle, sorting light and dark buttons, sorting clothes, spooning rice between bowls, walking holding a cup, pouring into a funnel, basting, clothespins, pouring from a small jug (rice, then liquid), sorting cutlery, pouring rice, folding a napkin, folding clothes, rolling a rug, using tweezers, putting a nut on a bolt, washing hands, using a screw driver, taking off a coat, locks and keys, walking holding a tray, squeezing a sponge, wringing a cloth, walking a balance beam, hanging up a coat, using glue, painting, cutting paper, folding paper, hanging clothes, sewing a button, carrying a bucket, watering a plant, braiding cords, combing hair, button, snap and zipper frames, shoelace, hook and eye frames, washing a table, washing a cloth, polishing (silver, copper, brass) washing a window, setting a table, orange squeezing, carrot peeling, lacing, needle point, hammering.

Courtesy:

Saying please, thank-you, gazunteit or bless you, blowing one's nose,  covering the mouth while coughing, saying excuse me for bodily functions, saying excuse me to get past someone in a tight space, knocking before entering,  comforting a friend, giving and receiving a gift, how to hand someone a sharp object, how to close a door quietly, waiting one's turn.

Introductions: 

Introducing themselves to another, introducing another person, introducing an adult by their title, knocking on a door, greeting a guest, offering a guest a chair or a drink. 

Table Manners: 

Ordering food at a restaurant, asking for something they need out of reach, passing food at a table, taking one item off a plate, using a napkin, how to sit properly, excusing oneself from the table, how to ask for help from a busy adult.

Telephone Manners: 

Answering a phone, taking a message, apologizing for a wrong message, leaving a  message, how  to call for an emergency, waiting to speak when someone else is talking on the telephone.

 

 


 


                                             

Life Skills

Recommended:

Life Skills for Kids by

Christine M. Field

Teaching age appropriate life skills to teach responsibility.

Under 6: Making beds, bringing in the newspaper, picking up toys, wiping up spills, feeding pets, putting dirty clothes in hamper, caring for a small garden, putting away groceries, recycling, raking the yard, shoveling snow, telephone etiquette,  washing the car.

Older children Over 6: make a grocery list, to cook using a recipe, set the table, dishes, wipe stove and oven, sort, carry, laundry use (the washer symbols and water temp.) and put away clothing.

Setting up a savings account, a budget, making a schedule,  changing light bulbs, replace a vacuum cleaner bag, and small repairs.

 Outside work: helping paint, caulk, mow, rake and weed a lawn, where and when to trim a bush, how to maintain a car.