I’ve been working on a list of practical life skills that we will be working on this next year. Here’s what I’ve got so far….
1. Shower and wash hair
2. Dress self – buttoning, snaps, zippers, and especially TIE SHOES! (Hmmm, I believe an alternative to the dressing frames will be coming out soon!)
3. Brush hair
4. Make bed
5. Fold and put up laundry, including hanging clothes
6. Sort clothes to put into the hamper
7. Make breakfast and lunch on own
8. Serve others juice and foods
9. Set a table and table manners (see this post by Counting coconuts about teaching table manners)
10. Read a recipe and measure out the ingredients
11. Load and unload the dishwasher
Other life skills:
11. Make paper
12. Make salt dough ornaments and other organic ornaments (paper chains)
13. Tend to plants in a garden – planting seeds, watering plants, pulling weeds
14. Woodworking – we’ll be using this curriculum as our base
16. Clean the bathroom sink (this is the start of “chores” for Aikman, in which he will eventually learn how to clean everything in the bathroom. Currently, part of his brushing teeth routine includes cleaning the sink and faucet after every use.)
Grace and courtesy:
15. Greet others at the door
16. Answering and talking on the phone
17. “Help others” – we will be volunteering at our church’s local Food Pantry, and his job will include greeting others as well as retrieving and carrying the bags of food.
18. Complement others
Do you have any suggestions that we can add to this list for this next year?? What are some other skills/chores that your children complete at home that could fit into Montessori practical life skills?