Practical Life: Dry Pouring Lesson

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MUSICAL NOTE PASTA DRY POURING LESSON

“The objects that are used for practical life have no scientific purpose. They
are objects used where a child lives and which he sees employed in his own
home, but they are especially made to a size that he can use.”
—Dr. Maria Montessori

Presentation

1. Carry the tray over to the table.

2. With the left hand, grasp the glass containing the musical note pasta (left side
of tray).

3. With the right hand, place fingers on the right side of the left glass (just below
rim of glass). Your thumb is now wrapped around glass.

4. With both hands, slowly lift the glass containing the musical note pasta.

5. Slowly move the glass containing the musical note pasta towards the empty
glass on the right side of tray.

6. Be careful not to have the two glasses touch.

7. Slowly pour (tip) the glass containing the musical note pasta directly in the
center of the empty glass.

8. Pour out all of the musical note pasta.

9. At this time, look into the glass which previously contained the musical note
pasta and see if all of the musical note pasta is gone. If they are say, “Empty.”

10. Return glass to the original position on the left side of the tray.

11. Slowly let go with the right hand.

12. Slowly let go with the left hand.

13. Place both hands on your lap.

14. With the right hand, grasp the glass containing the musical note pasta (right
side of tray).

15. With the left hand, place fingers on the left side of the right glass (just below
rim of glass). Your thumb is now wrapped around glass.

16. With both hands, slowly lift the glass containing the musical note pasta.

17. Slowly move the glass containing the musical note pasta towards the empty
glass on the left side of tray.

18. Be careful not to have the two glasses touch.

19. Slowly pour (tip) the glass containing the musical note pasta directly in the
center of the empty glass.

20. Pour out all of the musical note pasta.

21. At this time, look into the glass which previously contained the musical note
pasta and see if all of the musical note pasta is gone. If they are, say,
“Empty.”

22. Return glass to the original position on the right side of the tray.

23. Slowly let go of the right hand.

24. Slowly let go of the left hand.

25. Place both hands on your lap.

26. Look at the tray and the surrounding area looking for any spilled musical note
pasta.

27. If any musical note pasta has fallen, use the pincer grip (thumb, index and
middle finger) of the right hand or dominant hand to place them back into the
glass on the left side of tray.

28. Slowly carry the tray back to the shelf.

Control of Error
The sound the glasses make when they touch each other.
Any spilled musical note pasta.

Points of Interest
The glasses.
The uniquely shaped musical note pasta.
The beautiful looking tray.
The sound the musical note pasta makes when they hit the bottom of the glass.
The act of dry pouring!

Purpose: Direct
Development in the skill of dry pouring.
Development of concentration, order, coordination and independence.
Development of confidence.

Purpose: Indirect                                                                                                               In the event that any musical note pasta has spilled, the pincer grip is used to pick them up. This grip is indirectly for the development of holding a pencil.

Variations
Vary the color/type/size of glass.
Vary the color (use food coloring) or the musical note pasta.