Wednesday, September 1, 2010

a clean sweep

We never say no to a child who wants to help with the day to day housekeeping tasks at preschool. 

So when the kids want to sweep, we hand them a broom.


Although perhaps it should be known as 'redistributing the dirt" instead of sweeping.

Children this age are not abstract thinkers. When we sweep, we gather the dirt into a target area, but the target is abstract.

Make it real for your child by drawing a chalk circle on the floor:


This gives the children a target to aim for - and its fun as well.

14 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this post - so many ideas it sparks and I have learned something new!! Thank you for sharing your expertise with us!

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  2. Why are all the girls working and the boy sitting and watching? Sounds unfair. :)

    We use a Montessori square but love the circle more!

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  3. we have child sized mops in a bucket next to our painting easels for the children to mop up drops of paint. Helps to keep the kindergarten safe and tidy as well as encouraging independence.

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  4. My kids love to sweep, I mean, redistribute dirt!! We'll try the circle at home.

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  5. After all these years of having sweeping 'helper's and all I needed to do was draw a circle on the concrete ... of course ... why oh why are the simplest answers ALWAYS the best!

    Donna :) :)

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  6. what an amazingly simple yet effective idea! I will have to give this a try!!
    Thanks
    Pipxx

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  7. I know - so simple yet so effective. I only discovered the trick last week but it makes so much sense.

    And as for the girls sweeping, and the boy watching: we usually do have a more even distribution of the sexes! It was right at the end of the day and said boy had just realised he hadn't eaten his lunch - I think the girls provided him with a floor show!

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  8. Simple brilliance! I love it; can't wait til the kids come back Tuesday so I can try it! :-) Thanks.

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  9. Yes! thanks for the simple circle idea - it's great to be able to add another level, extending an already effective activity. :)

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  10. Great idea!! I have always thought there must be be a simpler way....now I know!! Draw a circle. *facepalm*

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  11. You have such great ideas Jenny! Such a great trick to get kids focused and having fun.

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  12. Oh, this is a very useful post, Jenny. I always have several sweepers and have never known how to put that energy to real use.

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  13. This is a great idea! Because we do a lot of "moving around the dirt". thank you!

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  14. I know this post is very old, but where did you get those kid-size brooms?

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