Saturday, 3 August 2013

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Montessori Activity: Folding Clothes




Age: From 3.5 years old

Duration: 5 - 15 minutes

Materials:

1. 3-5 t-shirts
2. 1 mat

Directions:

1. Start with a simpler article of clothing, for example a short sleeve t-shirt.

2. Demonstrate to your child your choice of folding but be consistent with your choice.

3. Explain to your child why we need to fold clothes.

4. Teach your child to lay them out in a line according to the type of clothes folded

5. Direct your child to where the folded clothes shall be stored.

Video Demonstration:

Here is a video demonstration from another Montessori mom:


Additional Information:

As a Singaporean, I must admit that I am not so good in remembering to teach J how to do housework.But I remember that I have learned that by including our children to whatever extent possible given their age, in helping to secure the welfare of your family, it will teach them to be sensitive to the feelings of others.

I made a post here:
http://elainengfriis.blogspot.dk/2013/07/moral-education-how-do-you-teach-your.html

So I have determined in my heart to remember to include him more in the housework, instead of just focusing on the academics.

Initially, he wasn't so keen on the folding clothes activity, finding it boring. But as his attention span increases, and as his discipline increases, he is willing to do it, and persevere on it.

Furthermore, it was frustratingly slow with the folding clothes initially, more for me than for him!!! I am a perfectionist, and it made me cringed, when the clothes were badly folded, but we persevered on, as long as J was willing.

This summer, we had a few rounds of folding clothes, and today 3 August 2013 (4Y4M28D) was the third or fourth round. And finally our patience paid off, and he is now getting better at folding clothes, at a standard that I can accept and live with.













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