Oct 092015
 

Montessori Lessons Album

Montessori Opening and closing bottles lesson

AREA

Practical Life

Elementary Movements

AGE

3 years

MATERIALS

Assorted bottles

picture of the materials

DIRECT AIM

How to open and close bottles with various lids.

INDIRECT AIM

Fine motor skills, eye hand co-ordination, concentration, develop strength in fingers, dexterity.

PRESENTATION

1. Invite the child to begin Work Cycle.

2. Position the tray at the top of the mat.

3. Using your dominant hand, remove bottles from the tray arranging them horizontally from left to right.

To open:

Screw off lid

4. Grasp the first bottle on far left-hand side with your left hand bringing it slightly forward to the front of the mat.

5. With your right hand, pincer grip the fingers over the lid screwing the lid anti-clockwise in quarter turns whilst gently lifting it until lid releases from the bottle.

6. Place lid in front of the bottle.

Salad bottle

7. Grasp the salad bottle with your left hand bringing it slightly forward to the front of the mat.

8. Grasp the bottle with both hands with fingers wrapped around the front of the bottle and thumbs on the levers.

9. Press lever forward and away from you to release.

10. Push the lid (attached to the wiring around the neck of the bottle) to hang over the mouth of bottle.

Cork/stopper

11. Grasp the bottle with your left hand bringing it slightly forward to the front of the mat.

12. With your right hand, pincer grip the fingers over the cork manipulating it back and forth whilst gently lifting it until cork releases from the bottle.

13. Place cork in front of the bottle.

To close

Screw on lid

14. Hold the lid in your right hand in a pincer grip, and with the left hand, bring bottle slightly forward.

15. Bring lid towards bottle holding it against the edge of the neck of the bottle so that the child can see the shape of lid and neck as being the same size.

16. Lower the lid gently, align thread and turn in quarter turns until lid is secure.

17. Place on mat.

Salad bottle

18. Using right hand, position lid onto neck of bottle so that the child can see the shape of lid and neck as being the same size.

19. Supporting the bottle with your thumbs, with the index finger of both hands, pull lever down towards the bottle until it clicks into place.

20. Place on mat.

Cork/stopper

21. Hold the cork/stopper in your right hand in a pincer grip, and with the left hand, bring bottle slightly forward.

22. Bring cork/stopper towards bottle holding it against the edge of the neck of the bottle so that the child can see the shape of cork/stopper and neck as being the same size.

23. Lower the cork/stopper gently manipulating it downwards back and forth until secure.

24. Place on mat.

25. Invite the child to have a turn.

26. End the work cycle.

CONTROL OF ERROR

The lids will not fit securely

Wear and tear of lid

EXTENSIONS

Snapper lid i.e. Pantene shampoo;

Fixed screw open and closed lid revealing sprinkling holes i.e. Johnsons Baby Powder

VARIATIONS

Bottles of different size and colour

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