Toddler 2 students are using the new mirror-washing work, which involves a four-part sequence of steps and encourages the children to take part in caring for their classroom environment. When a child chooses this piece of work, he or she must first put on a smock. Next, they spray the mirror with water from a spray bottle and scrub it with a sponge.
Finally, they dry it carefully with a towel. The children love to see the results of their hard work in a clean, shiny mirror, and will often repeat the exercise several times over.
Practical Life Materials
A primary goal of the Practical Life materials is to help the Toddler 2 children learn the skills they need to care for themselves and their environment independently. After repeated practice with the clothespin material, which develops hand strength, dexterity and hand-eye coordination, many Toddler 2 students have begun to take their own paintings off the easel using the spring-loaded clip. Even small achievements can be cause for celebration in the Toddler classroom!
Another example of Practical Life in action is how the sweeping material has prepared the Toddler 2 students to care for their classroom environment. Many children enjoy the new sweeping activity on the Practical Life shelf, which invites them to spill out a basket full of colorful leaves and clean them up with a tiny whisk broom and dustpan. With a little bit of practice, they are then able to use the real broom and dustpan to clean up under the snack table when there is a spill. They are always so proud of their efforts to contribute to the classroom community!